Will Ninoy Aquino’s death anniversary celebration be moved from August 21 to 23 and declared a non-working holiday?

Balitanghali report: "Aquino to ’respect’ Arroyo’s holiday economics"

Malacañang has yet to decide if August 23 will be declared a non-working holiday in accordance with the holiday economics law that moves the celebration of the Ninoy Aquino Day on August 21 (Saturday) to August 23 (Monday), reports Inquirer.net. The holiday economics law stipulates that holidays falling on weekends should be moved to Fridays or Mondays.

Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda told radio dzRB, as reported by Inquirer.net that Malacañang would announce Pres. Noynoy Aquino’s decision regarding the commemoration of his father Ninoy’s death anniversary within the week. He said the administration recognizes the holiday economics policy of Aquino’s predecessor Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, but, he said, "because of the sensitivity of the President towards celebrating the death anniversary of his father, we would like to get a clarification from the President." He said in a report by GMANews.tv, "As much as possible, President Aquino does not want to highlight the death anniversary or any anniversary of his parents just because of his position."

He added in the Inquirer.net report, "We understand people would like to make vacation plans [for the long weekend from August 21 to 23]."

Under the holiday economics policy, August 30 is a non-working holiday because it is the National Heroes’ Day, reports Balitanghali.

For more on this story, log on to Inquirer.net and GMANews.tv.

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