THE Supreme Court has ordered the suspension of works in all courts in Manila today during the state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping.
In an advisory, the SC Public Information Office said Senior Associate Justice and acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio issued the suspension in view of an earlier order issued by Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada suspending classes at all levels and work in the city government offices.
“In view of Executive Order 41, series of 2018 of Mayor Joseph Estrada and upon the recommendation of the Office of the Court Administrator and the police in the interest of public order and safety, work in all courts in Manila, including the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, is suspended tomorrow, November 20, per Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio,” the SC said.
Estrada said he based his order to suspend classes and work in the city on the recommendation of the Manila Police Department.
He added he also wants to spare Xi from traffic during his state visit, which will include a visit to Malacañang and a wreath-laying at the Rizal Monument.
Xi’s visit will mark the first time in a decade that a Chinese leader will be making such a gesture to the country.
The last time a Chinese president made a state visit to the country was in 2005 when Hu Jintao visited Manila under the administration of then President and now House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.