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Duterte’s inaugural not a holiday

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PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III did not declare June 30, the day President-elect Rodrigo Duterte is inaugurated, a holiday, Malacañang said Wednesday.

“As per the text message I received from ES  [Executive Secretary Paquito] Ochoa at 12:10 p.m. today [June 29]: ‘June 30, 2016 is a regular working day’,” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in a text message to reporters.

Six years ago, then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo declared President-elect Benigno Aquino III’s inauguration on June 30, 2010, a special non-working holiday.

Aquino was inaugurated at the Quirino Grandstand at the Rizal Park in Manila.

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It has been a tradition in the Philippines that the day of the inauguration of the incoming president is declared a holiday by the sitting president. 

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