Rains, floods suspend work in courts, govt offices and legislative hearings in NCR, C. Luzon, Calabarzon

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Roxas District in Quezon City, one of Metro Manila's most flood-prone areas, looks like a basin once more Tuesday morning. This photo taken from the second storey of a house that had been completely swamped by Ondoy in 2009 shows the floodwater nearly covering the top of the garage gate. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY NONNIE PELAYO

MANILA – (UPDATED 8:23 A.M) Overnight heavy rains have spawned floods in Metro Manila and a huge part of Luzon, prompting cancellation of work in government offices, in court operations, and legislative hearings in three regions: NCR, Central Luzon and CALABARZON.

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella made the announcement as reports kept coming of early-morning commuters being stranded, with public utility vehicles unable to navigate numerous flooded areas.

Earlier, local government units in areas forecast to experience heavy rains had suspended classes.

Legislative work and court operations were also a casualty of the rains and floods.

In its Twitter account, the Supreme Court suspended work in the courts, including the SC, Court of Appeals, Sandiganbayan and Court of Tax Appeals in Metro Manila, Central Luzon and Calabarzon.

Hearings at the Senate, including the resumption of the inquiry into the death at the hands of Caloocan cops of schoolboy Kian delos Santos and the killings of other teenagers, was also cancelled.

In an advisory, the Senate said these committee hearings scheduled on Tuesday, September 12, are cancelled:
– Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs on the death of Kian Delos Santos
– Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on Cooperatives on the implementation of Republic Act No. 9520, otherwise known as the Philippine Cooperative Code of 2008
– Committee on Finance (Subcommittee “A”) on the proposed 2018 budgets of the Dangerous Drugs Board, National Intelligence Coordinating Agency, and National Security Council
– Committee on Finance (Subcommittee “F”) on the proposed 2018 budgets of the National Youth Commission, Cooperative Development Authority, Movie and Television Review and Classification Board, Bases Conversion Development Authority, and Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority.

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Rain clouds snapshot by Himawari8 satellite, at 4:00 a.m. Tuesday, Sept 12, 2017, which explains the overnight heavy rains over huge parts of Luzon. Imaging c/o NOAA-MTSAT