Legalese 2009 (Week 30)


Regular session – the session of Congress that begins from from the time it convenes on the fourth Monday of July, and which session continues for such number of days as Congress may determine until 30 days before the opening of the next regular session.


The President shall address the Congress at the opening of its regular session. He may also appear before it at any time. (Constitution, art. VII, sec. 23)


Under Article VI, Section 15, “Congress shall convene once every year on the fourth Monday of July for its regular sessions, unless a different date is fixed by law . . .”

The Constitution furnishes an opportunity for the President, at the opening of every regular session of Congress, to deliver his “State of the Nation Address” and to recommend for consideration of Congress such measures he may deem necessary and proper. (2 Philippine Constitutional Law, p. 399-400 [2004]).


Can Congress convene for its regular session if a majority of each House is not present?