The Malacañang Palace announced that classes in PUBLIC schools and work in GOVERNMENT offices will be suspended on September 21, 2017 not because of the commemoration of the 45th anniversary of the declaration of martial law during the Marcos administration, but because Duterte declared it earlier as “National Day of Protest.”
During a press briefing in the palace on Tuesday, presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said President Rodrigo Duterte would not declare September 21 as special non-working day. However, classes in public schools only and government offices will be suspended on Thursday.
“September 21 is not a special non-working holiday. And we expect the proclamation shortly. However, the Acting Executive Secretary will issue a memorandum circular suspending work in government offices—both national And local—as well as classes in all public schools, state colleges and universities,” Abella said.
He added that suspension of work and classes in private companies and schools, respectively, will be upon the discretion of their respective heads.
The Office of the Executive Secretary will issue a memorandum circular on the class and work suspensions
‘National Day of Protest’
President Duterte on Monday said during his visit on the wake of slain PO3 Junior Hilario in Caloocan City that he would declare September 21 a day of protest.
“September is not a holiday. I have declared it as a day of protest. Lahat ng gusto pa magprotesta laban sa gobyerno, laban sa pulis, military, lahat, magbabaan kayo riyan,” Duterte told reporters.
Variou groups, led by the Movement Against Tyranny, announced they would stage massive demonstrations at Quirino Grandstand on Thursday to condemn killings and abuses related to the administration’s war on drugs and alleged plans to declare martial law nationwide.