THE Supreme Court has suspended work in all courts in Manila this Wednesday for the annual Feast of the Black Nazarene.
In its latest advisory, the SC said it has “authorized the suspension of work in the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals, the Regional Trial Courts and the Metropolitan Trial Courts in the City of Manila on January 9, 2019, Wednesday.”
The SC opted to suspend work in anticipation of the “difficulty of travel to and from the courts in the City of Manila due to the yearly procession of the Black Nazarene” as well as “in view of Executive Order No.1 series of 2019, issued by Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, ordering the suspension of classes and work in the Manila City government.”
Last Friday, City Administrator Ericson Alcovendaz announced that Estrada has ordered the suspension of classes at all levels and work in government offices in Manila except those involved in the event this Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the Philippine National Police will deploy around 7,200 police officers for the event.
Of the number, National Capital Region Police Office Director Guillermo Eleazar said 2,200 will come from the Manila Police District.