By Rey Panaligan
Acting Chief Justice Antonio T. Carpio ordered this morning the suspension of work today (July 18) in all courts in the National Capital Region, including the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Sandiganbayan and Court of Tax Appeals.
Continuous rains and persistent threats of flooding prompted Carpio to issue the work suspension order, Supreme Court Spokesperson Theodore O. Te said.
Yesterday, Carpio declared a half-day work in the SC starting at noon “in view of the continuous rains and flooding in areas leading to the SC.”
He gave the presiding justices of the Court of Appeals, Sandiganbayan and Court of Tax Appeals and the executive judges of the regional trial courts, metropolitan trial courts, municipal circuit trial courts, and municipal courts in Metro Manila and other affected areas the discretion to suspend work today but must consider specific circumstances like the holding of important hearings.
Senate suspends work for second day
For the second straight day work at the Senate was suspended on Wednesday because of the heavy rains brought by the enhanced monsoon rains.
Senator Gregorio Honasan, the Senate’s officer-in-charge, informed reporters via text message that the work suspension took effect at 11 am.
On Tuesday, the Senate also suspended work after heavy flooding in many thoroughfares in the metro rendered most streets impassable.