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Habagat brings Senate work to a halt

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by Xave Gregorio

The Senate would be suspending work at 11 a.m. today as at least half of its employees are affected by flooding due to rains brought by the southwest monsoon or Habagat.

Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III told reporters in a text message that they were not able to suspend immediately “because there are some pending checks needed by some Senate offices.”

“Weather expected better this morning but it did not,” Sotto said.

He said Senator Panfilo Lacson called his attention and presented data which shows that at least half of Senate employees live in areas affected by flooding.

The Senate public order committee, chaired by Lacson, also called off the hearing on the rank classification in the Philippine National Police.

Senator Loren Legarda, who chairs the Senate foreign relations and finance committees, had earlier postponed two hearings today, not because of the weather, but because she has “sore throat.”

Only the Senate energy committee, chaired by Senator Sherwin “Win” Gatchalian would push through with its hearing on the status of electrification in the country.

Metro Manila has grinded to a halt due to massive flooding brought by Habagat, intensified by Tropical Storm Karding (international name: Yagi) outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility.