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Philippines Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary, Herminio Coloma Jr., has issued an official statement denying new rumours that Friday, June 13, 2014, had been declared as an additional non-working public holiday in the Philippines, as it falls between the annual Independence Day non-working public holiday of the Philippines, and the weekend.
In its statement, Malacañang referred to Proclamation No. 655, s. 2013, signed by President Benigno Aquino III, last year (2013-09-30), and which lists the special and regular non-working public holidays in the Philippines for the calendar year 2014.
The need for the Government of the Philippines to issue last-minute statements denying the declaration of day in lieu, or bridge, public holidays is common (2014-02-24, 2013-10-23, 2012-12-27, 2012-07-12, 2012-06-03 and 2012-03-07).
Under former president Macapagal-Arroyo, the concept of holidays economics had seen mid-week public holidays moved to adjoin a nearby weekend (2007-07-25).
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