MANILA - The Supreme Court and both houses of Congress have suspended work on Monday amid heavy rains brought by the habagat or southwest monsoon.
Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio suspended work at the high court, Court of Appeals, Sandiganbayan, Court of Tax Appeals and all Metro Manila courts starting 12 noon.
Executive judges in other rain-hit areas are given discretion to suspend work in their offices, the Supreme Court information office said in an advisory.
Work at Congress' upper chamber, meanwhile, is cancelled starting 11 a.m., Senate President Tito Sotto said.
The Senate finance committee, however, will still conduct its hearing on the proposed 2019 national budget, said panel chairperson, Sen. Loren Legarda.
A legislative probe on the P252.8-million program to bring electricity to millions of houses also pushed through.
The House of Representatives has also suspended work, but will keep a skeletal force because some committee hearings will proceed.
Tropical storm Karding is enhancing the habagat, which has submerged parts of Metro Manila and nearby areas since the weekend, the state weather bureau said.
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