June 30 is a milestone for the Filipino people as the nation’s 16th president takes his oath of office.
Despite this historic occasion, outgoing President Benigno Aquino III did not declare incoming President Rodrigo Duterte’s inauguration day a holiday.
“Unawain sana natin na yang mga bagay na yan ay nasa pagpapasya ng Pangulo,” Presidential spokesman Sonny Coloma said. “Wala namang nakatakda sa batas hinggil dyan.”
[Translation: Let’s try to understand that such things are left to the discretion of the President. There is nothing in our laws which pertains to that.]
In 2010, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declared June 30 a special non-working day for Aquino's inauguration.
Coloma said even if Aquino did not declare June 30 a holiday, the president knows its significance.
“Ang ating pamahalaan naman sa pangunguna ni Pangulong Aquino ay nagbibigay ng karampatang pagpapahalaga dyan na hindi nalilimita sa pagkakaroon o hindi pagkakaroon ng holiday,” Coloma said.
[Translation: Our government, led by President Aquino, accords appropriate value to the event that is not bound by having or not having a holiday.]
After the departure honors at the Malacanang palace grounds, Aquino will return to his family’s residence at No. 25 Times Street in Quezon City.
He will be driven home as a private citizen in his personal car, Coloma said.
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