Palace: June 30 not yet a special non-working holiday

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III has yet to decide whether the inauguration of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on June 30, will be a special non-working holiday, a Palace official said on Saturday.

"As of now, we are yet to receive information about the working status on June 30, [the day when Duterte will be inaugurated as president]," Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in an interview with state-run dzRB.

In 2010, former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo declared June 30 as a special non-working holiday for the inauguration of then president-elect Benigno Aquino III to give people the opportunity to participate in the transfer of power between the two.

Coloma assured that the Palace will issue a statement about the holiday declaration, should they get the President's decision.

"We will let the public know in soonest time, if there is such information about the holiday declaration," he said.

On June 30, Duterte, who won in the 2016 presidential race with a wide lead of over 16 million votes, will take his oath as the 16th President of the Republic at the Malacañang Palace.

Aquino will make his exit at the noon of June 30 while Duterte will assume the office in the afternoon of the same day.

After the departure honor, Coloma said Aquino will return to his family’s residence in Times Street, Quezon City.

"He (Aquino) will go to his home in Times Steet, Quezon City after he meets and talks to his successor, President-elect Duterte at Malacañang Palace," Coloma said. (Sunnex)

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