Malacañang on Wednesday clarified that July 27 is not a non-working holiday in commemoration of the founding anniversary of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC or Church of Christ).
The Palace, through its Official Gazette, explained that July 27 of every year was declared a “special national working holiday” through Republic Act 9645.
“First, July 27 is NOT a non-working holiday. It was declared a ‘special national working holiday’ by virtue of Republic Act 9645 of 2009,” it said.
“However, the 27th, a Monday, is the day the President is set to deliver his State of the Nation Address,” Malacanang said.
Its clarification came 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 date was declared a non-working holiday back then to mark the centennial anniversary of the INC.
President Benigno Aquino 3rd 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 SONA.
There is still no word if Malacanang 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 because of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations 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.