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Election day a non-working holiday - Palace
Posted on 04/24/2013 12:57 PM  | Updated 04/24/2013 12:58 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Election Day, May 13, a Monday, is a special public holiday.

Malacañang made the announcement Wednesday, April 24, saying election day will be a non-working holiday throughout the country.

"The Constitution designates national and local polls to be held on the second Monday of May and by virtue of Proclamation No. 571, s. 2013, the President wishes to enable the Filipino people to exercise their right to suffrage," Malacañang said in a statement.

"We enjoin all eligible to use this non-working holiday to participate in the electoral process that forms the bedrock of our democracy," the Palace statement added.

An estimated 52 million Filipinos are eligible to vote in the 2013 senatorial and local elections. -

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