#WalangPasok: Senate, Supreme Court suspend work amid rains


Posted at Jul 17 2018 11:05 AM | Updated as of Jul 17 2018 12:23 PM

MANILA - The Senate and Supreme Court have suspended work amid heavy rains brought by the habagat or southwest monsoon on Tuesday. 

Senator Gringo Honasan, the upper chamber's officer-in-charge, suspended work at the Senate, saying several roads leading to their office are flooded. 

The Senate committee on constitutional amendments and revision , however, will push through with a hearing on a draft federal constitution by President Rodrigo Duterte's consultative committee, according to the staff of panel chairman, Senator Francis Pangilinan. 

Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, meanwhile, also cited flooded streets in suspending work at the high court starting 12 noon. 

Presiding justices of third-level courts and executive judges of trial courts in Metro Manila, however, are given discretion to suspend work in their offices, the Supreme Court information office said in an advisory. 

The Supreme Court en banc will also hold its regular session on Tuesday. 

Work in the executive branch, meanwhile, has yet to be suspended as of 8:30 a.m., Malacañang said. 

Tropical Depression Henry is enhancing the habagat, which is dumping rains over large swaths of Luzon and Western Visayas, the state weather bureau said. 

With reports from Zandro Ochona and Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News