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No holiday on Feb. 25 — Palace

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By Joel Guinto

MANILA, Philippines – The anniversary of the first popular uprising on February 25 has not been declared a holiday, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s spokesman said.

The 23rd People Power anniversary falls on a Wednesday. That date was not included in Proclamation 1699, issued last month, which listed down all the holidays for 2009, deputy presidential spokesperson Lorelei Fajardo said Monday.

“It was not declared a holiday because we have too many long weekends,” Fajardo told reporters.

“Huwag na natin bigyan ng kulay. Nagkataon lang. [Let’s not give political color to it. It just so happened.]… Even if it’s not a non-working holiday, we will still commemorate it,” she said.

Arroyo had a falling out with former president Corazon Aquino, after the leader of the 1986 uprising called on Arroyo to resign due to allegations of corruption and vote-rigging.

Aquino was catapulted to power on Feb. 25, 1986 after the bloodless, military-backed uprising forced the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos to leave the country and go on exile in Hawaii.

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Mon+00:002009-02-16T15:01:34+00:00+00:0002b+00:00Mon, 16 Feb 2009 15:01:34 +0000 22, 2006 at 12:45 pm02

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