Please refresh this page for updates.
MANILA, Philippines – Monday, June 12, will be the first time President Rodrigo Duterte will lead the commemoration of the country's Independence Day.
Duterte will be attending the traditional Independence Day rites in Luneta where the shrine of national hero Jose Rizal is located. Vice President Leni Robredo is also expected to join him there.
Duterte was supposed to host a vin d'honneur at Malacañang Palace after the flag-raising at the Rizal Park. But the event has been cancelled. Instead, the President will "attend to matters pertaining to Mindanao," said Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella.
Robredo, meanwhile, will deliver a speech at a forum titled Defend Democracy Summit at the School of Economics in the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman.
Other government officials will also grace various celebrations across the country:
Meanwhile, here are the other activities set for Independence Day:
Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Trabaho, Negosyo, at Kabuhayan fair – 8 am to 4 pm, Senior Citizens Garden, Rizal Park
National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) – 8 am to 5 pm, Burnham Green, Rizal Park
National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) cultural show – SM City North Edsa
Bukas na ito mga kababayan! Ipagdiwang ang ating kasarinlan! Alas-kwatro ng hapon sa SM North EDSA The Block Atrium! #Kalayaan2017 A post shared by NCCA PH (@nccaofficial) on Jun 11, 2017 at 12:26am PDT
All national museums are open from 8 am to 5 pm
All National Museums are open this June 12, celebrating with the nation our 119th Independence Day... pic.twitter.com/ONNvVgkRxv — National Museum PH (@natmuseumph) June 11, 2017
Gathering for Civil Liberties rally – 9 am, Plaza Miranda, Manila
Never Again Picnic – 7 am to 5 pm, Bantayog ng mga Bayani