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Philippines Rule-Out June 13 Public Holiday

Source: The Manila Bulletin (Manila)
Posted: Sunday, June 5, 2011
Updated: Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Philippines' Deputy Presidential Spokesperson, Abigail Valte, has announced that President Aquino will not move the upcoming June 12, Independence Day, public holiday to Monday, June 13, 2011.

The aforementioned announcement is in line with Proclamation 84, signed by President Aquino, late last year (2010-12-20), and which lists the special and regular public holidays in the Philippines for the calendar year 2011.

But the clarification was felt needed as Proclamation 84 made reference to Although the aforementioned Proclamation 84 makes copious reference to Republic Act 9492 (2007-07-25), although it represents a de facto reversal of most, if not all, of the "holidays economics" provisions of Republic Act 9492, "An Act Rationalizing the Celebration of National Holidays".

Holidays Economics was the brainchild of former President Arroyo. Since his election (2010-06-17), current President Benigno Aquino has announced that he would declare each public holiday on a case-by-case basis (2010-07-12). As such, some of the previously gazetted public holidays were canceled (2010-08-11) while others remained in place (2010-11-11 and 2010-08-13), albeit after a period of uncertainty (2010-08-12).

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