Aquino declares May 13 special non-working holiday


President Benigno Aquino III. AP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno Aquino III has declared May 13, Election Day, a special non-working holiday throughout the country, Malacañang announced Wednesday.

In a statement, Malacañang said the President “wishes to enable the Filipino people to exercise their right to suffrage” as he urged “all eligible to use this non-working holiday to participate in the electoral process that forms the bedrock of our democracy.”

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  • jojo webmail

    another holiday for those lazy philipinoes

    • andy bonifacio

      You idiot. you most probably do not know what is an election and have never voted at all because your leaders were simply rammed down your throat. And there is no such thing as “philipinoes”, your spelling betrays your ignorance. go back to 1st grade !!!!!!

    • buttones

      Well the reason is that the process of voting in PH means getting into line at 8am with a plastic chair, umbrella, snacks, the latest survey results so one something funny to read, and by the time one gets to the machine [if it’s still in working order and their have been no brownouts] the sun is sinking in the west and it’s time for 5pm cocktails…so there’s not much point in going to work if in fact one has a job at all….Some bright spark should commission a survey on what the economic cost is of a PH close down, or even suggest a poll day on a Saturday, or even a Sunday… [after Mass of course]

      • brabads

        hey buttones; if your still here in Phil… get out..look for another country to live. if not, dont ever comeback… we dont need people like you…

      • buttones

        Hello! Been there, done that, out of so many choices I have I came back to PH after so long, this is my home, the weather is mainly kind, the people generally are as well, it’s an inexpensive place to live, the view off by beach in the middle of nowhere is awesome and I came back to make a tiny difference, which I do, running self help programs that benefit the poor. Did I mention my environmental work? Never mind. Actually this country needs more like me, who do come back after being on the outside looking in, it’s a different perspective. If you don’t like my views argue your point, don’t rely on the old ‘Well if you don’t like it leave bovine attitude’ So I’m here to stay- get used to it…

      • panhase

        Well said.

      • $44479964

        Then don’t vote. Simple.

    • wawa2172

      Hindi naman jojo, pipila ako sa presinto ko kahit ilang oras to vote for my two senatorial candidates yun lang. Isa sa UNA and the other one sa Team PNoy. The holiday declaration is just fine kasi it would give us a chance to vote kasi walang work. If I could vote early then pupunta ako sa mall at kakain, manunuod nang movie at mag zuzumba sa malate then uwi sa madaling araw. Thanks Noy, nag bakasyon ka while campaigning for Team PNoy at the expense of the Filipino taxes so kami rin kahit walang libre hindi katulad mo na all expenses paid for by the government.

  • XEM Lastman

    hoy jojo webmail! it’s everyone’s right to vote. that’s not being lazy! if you want to be a racist, you might as well spell it right – it’s Filipinos!


    For the NOT lazy..this is a day’s less pay for them and the family..NOT well thought out,Noynoy!

    • Andres Bonifacio

      Let them starve! We love our holidays! YIPEE!!!

    • Billy Reyes

      Why less pay?? its a non working holiday that means for those who do office jobs they close the establishment but employee get paid double, for those in the hospitality industry for sure they will not close that’s where they get the business & for those employees that work they paid triple. This is a law…

      You people are making comments that don’t understand what your talking about & dont understand what your reading. This is very typical Filipino mentality.

    • maysayako

      tsimay na nakapag-asawa ng isang amoy lupa na foreigner, hanggang ngayon di pa rin marunong umintindi ng english tsk stk…


    Another day without pay for all Pilipino god,what are you thinking,Mr President??

    • Billy Reyes

      why not paid?? its triple pay when you work, if you don’t work still you will get double pay that’s the law.
      Are you the dumb Filipina with that old guy beside you probably using your partner name as profile huh???. If you don’t understand English don’t make a comment.

  • el toro bumingo

    Yehey! Buhay na naman mga Kolboy na tuald ‘ko. Work-work din ‘pag may special non-working holiday :)

  • kismaytami

    Ha’ay! Sarap mag-bakasyon sa long weekend. Will pass on the precinct, anyway wala rin namang matinong mapag-pipilian sa mga pangalan sa balota, na ang habol lang ay kapangyarihan at salapi ng taumbayan.

  • nansweet

    luv this

  • Ako_Hiking

    Woohoo…no work for people who have jobs. Nice little short holiday. But for the millions of unemployed or underemployed Filipinos…we assume it’s basically just another regular day.

  • Jose Guevarra

    election days have always been non-working holidays in the Philippines since time immemorial. the main purpose of the holiday is to allow everyone the chance to exercise their right to vote, something which Filipinos give a lot of value to. if you don’t understand that, or if you can’t accept that, you can always get out of the Philippines.

  • josh_alexei

    Voting in the Phl is not a minute or two exercise, so it is just fitting to be a non-working holiday and even followed by another non working holiday for Celebration (that is if the results will be known by then)..It is different in the other side of t he planet where it is always a Working day because, if the Boss will declare it a non working day, only the famlly of the Candidates, their dogs and cats will be left in town to vote, the Rest will go somewhere to relax and have some fun…

  • disqusted0fu

    Great! Majority can experience the magic of the PCOS machines! Plus, this is Pnoy’s day! He has campaigned hard for his bets. He even campaigned harder than the candidates. He campaigned so hard that he forgot that he has an entire government to run.

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