Mar 14, 2021 @ 17:34
SC, BI suspend work as COVID-19 cases increase
The Supreme Court on Sunday extended the suspension of work in its offices and buildings to March 16, 2021, Tuesday, to give way for sanitation and disinfection operations.
Work in SC was supposed to resume on Monday, March 15, 2021, after it was first suspended starting March 11, 2021.
But to accomplish a more thorough sanitation and disinfection operations, Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta has extended the suspension of work.
Following the extension of suspension of work, the scheduled oral arguments on the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 this Tuesday was canceled.
“After consultation with the Justices and Chiefs of Offices, a continuation of the disinfection, cleaning, and sanitation of the different buildings and offices of the Supreme Court is hereby ordered to be undertaken to minimize the possible spread of the infection,” the memorandum read.
” Court sessions shall proceed via videoconferencing but the Oral Arguments scheduled on Tuesday, March 16, 2021, for G.R. No. 252578, et al., is suspended,” the memorandum said.
The SC was hearing oral arguments on multitude of petitions challenging the constitutionality of the controversial legislation.
Meanwhile, the Bureau of Immigration on Sunday announced that the BI main office in Intramuros, Manila will be closed from March 15 to 16, 2021, Monday to Tuesday.
This was to give way for sanitation and disinfection of BI offices and premises, the advisory signed by Commissioner Jaime Morente read.
Clients with confirmed online appointment have been advised to rebook once BI operation resumes.