News / October 14, 2020

Charter only requires a quorum, not mace

Opinion, Philippine Daily Inquirer, October 14, 2020
National Council Member, Reginald B. Tamayo


The House of Representatives, pursuant to its rule-making power, has its own internal rules of proceedings.

The Constitution, however, does not prescribe standards for its promulgation except when it contravenes the constitutional proscription on the determination of a quorum. A majority of the members shall constitute a quorum. Its capacity to transact business is established by the presence of a quorum, and does not depend upon the presence of the mace at the hall, or the venue where the session is held.

All that the Constitution requires is the presence of a quorum. When a quorum is established or created, the power of the House arises, including the power to unseat the Speaker.

Assistant City Council Secretary
Marikina City