Palace rules out declaring Holy Wednesday as half-day

MALACANANG said Tuesday that there was no plan to declare Holy Wednesday as a half day for public and private offices.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the succeeding five days with no work starting Holy Thursday until Monday, which is the Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor), could be long enough already.

"Apparently, there could be no declaration of a half-day (on Wednesday) because if we're going to think about it, Monday is also a holiday. So it's already a long vacation for the Holy Week. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday - it's like a five-day break," she said.

But she said it would be up to the discretion of the different establishments if they want to declare Wednesday a half-day.

President Benigno Aquino III declared Black Saturday as a special non-working day since it falls between Holy Friday and Easter Sunday, both declared as holidays.

Aquino will lead the commemoration of the Day of Valor in Mt. Samat, Tarlac on Monday. (SDR/Sunnex)

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