president pro tempore

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president pro tem·po·re

n. pl. presidents pro tempore
The senator who presides over the US Senate in the absence of the vice president.

pres′ident pro tem′pore

a senator, usu. a senior member of the majority party, who is chosen to preside over the Senate in the absence of the vice president.
Also called pres′ident pro tem′.
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The Senate shall choose their other Officers, and also a President pro tempore, in the Absence of the Vice-President, or when he shall exercise the Office of President of the United States.
But I don't think the Supreme Court can order us to convene,' Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said in a text message on Wednesday.
Senate President Pro Tempore Bill Lockyer, D-Hayward, said the election could lead to a great ideological divide between the houses.
Except for De Lima, who has been detained at Camp Crame in Quezon City on drug charges, all five opposition senators and four others from the majority bloc - Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto, Grace Poe, Francis 'Chiz' Escudero, and Sherwin Gatchalian - voted for the resolution.
The 15 senators who said the declaration of martial law was constitutional and in accordance with the law were Senate President Aquilino 'Koko' Pimentel III, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto, Majority Leader Vicente 'Tito' Sotto III, Senators Sonny Angara, Nancy Binay, Joseph Victor 'JV' Ejercito, Sherwin Gatchalian, Richard Gordon, Gringo Honasan, Panfilo Lacson, Loren Legarda, Manny Pacquiao, Joel Villanueva , Cynthia Villar and Juan Miguel Zubiri.
The nine who voted for the measure were Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon as well as Senators Bam Aquino, Francis Escudero, Sherwin Gatchalian, Risa Hontiveros, Francis Pangilinan, Grace Poe and Antonio Trillanes IV.
1365, or the Philippine Passport Act, was authored by Senators Richard Gordon, Cynthia Villar, JV Ejercito, Loren Legarda, Sonny Angara, Joel Villanueva, Grace Poe, Alan Peter Cayetano and Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto.