#WalangPasok: Senate work suspended for 2nd straight day


Posted at Jul 18 2018 09:13 AM | Updated as of Jul 18 2018 09:33 AM

MANILA - (UPDATED) Work in the Senate was suspended for the second straight day on Wednesday as monsoon rains threatened to inundate Metro Manila. 

The work suspension will start at 11 a.m., Senator Gregorio Honasan, the upper chamber's officer-in-charge, said in a text message to reporters.

A bicameral committee, however, will continue threshing out differences between Congress' version of the Bangsamoro Basic Law, said its main author, Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri.

Work in all courts in Metro Manila has also been suspended due to the weather condition. 

Monsoon rains enhanced by Tropical Storm Henry had swamped parts of Luzon on Tuesday. 

Henry has left the Philippine area, but a low pressure area or brewing storm will continue enhancing the habagat or southwest monsoon, bringing rains over central and southern Luzon, the state weather bureau said. 

At 8 a.m., PAGASA raised an orange rainfall warning, the second highest in a 3-step alert, over Metro Manila, Rizal, Bataan and Zambales. This means that floods are threatening and may enter houses.

A yellow warning, the lowest alert, was up in Pampanga, Tarlac, Bulacan, Cavite, Nueva Ecija and northern Quezon, where rains may trigger floods in low-lying areas, added the weather office. 

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