MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang clarified to the public on Wednesday that July 27 is not a non-working holiday in commemoration of the founding anniversary of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC).
The Palace, through its Official Gazette, explained that July 27 of every year was declared a special national working holiday back in 2009 through Republic Act 9645.
Malacañang is making the clarification as Filipino netizens are still sharing online reports published last year regarding the declaration of July 27, 2014 as a special non-working holiday.
The said date was declared a non-working holiday back then to mark the centennial anniversary of the INC.
President Aquino was the guest of honor at the INC centennial celebration last year at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.
This year, the founding anniversary of the INC will coincide with Aquino's final State of the Nation Address.
There is still no word if the Palace intends to make it a holiday. On Tuesday, however, it announced that November 18 and 19 have been declared as non-working holidays in Metro Manila due to the Association of Southeast Asian Nation Economic Leaders Summit.
The Palace also declared February 25, 2016 as a non-working holiday to mark the 30th anniversary of the first EDSA People Power Revolution.
SOURCE: PHILIPPINE STAR