Malacañang declares August 23 a regular working day, August 21 non-working holiday
Malacanang declared August 23 (Monday) a regular working day and August 21 (Saturday) a non-working holiday in commemoration of the death anniversary of Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, reports GMANews.tv. The report said that the proclamation in effect junked the holiday economics policy of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, which stipulated that holidays falling on weekends should be moved to Fridays or Mondays. Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said, "(Pres. Noynoy Aquino) is empowered under (Republic Act) No. 9492 to modify holidays by law, order or proclamation."
Lacierda said in a statement, according to ABS-CBNNews.com, "The purpose for observing Ninoy Aquino Day on August 21 instead of August 23 is to avoid the imposition of unnecessary financial burden upon the employers; ensure the continuity of government, business, and commercial transactions; and promote productivity, while preserving the solemnity of the observance (of the holiday)."
He previously 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."