Villar walks out of photo op with senators, spouses

Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 23 2018 02:50 PM | Updated as of Jul 23 2018 04:10 PM

MANILA - Senator Cynthia Villar on Monday walked out of a yearly pictorial of senators as the 17th Congress resumed its third regular session.

Journalists were taking photos of the senators and their spouses when Villar left the session hall, telling the page on duty: "Kinuha na upuan ko, bakit pa ko uupo?"

(My seat was taken, why else would I sit?) 

It was not immediately clear who Villar was referring to.

Shortly before the incident, Villar had her photo taken with her fellow lawmakers without their spouses.

The senators eventually went to another room for the luncheon reception, before they attend President Rodrigo Duterte's third State of the Nation Address at 4 p.m. Monday.