Duterte eyes ‘hol­i­day’ for Septem­ber 21

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Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte is mulling to de­clare Septem­ber 21 a hol­i­day for gov­ern­ment work­ers and stu­dents in Metro Manila in an­tic­i­pa­tion of the mass demon­stra­tions aga ins th is ad­min­is­tra­tion’s war on drugs and al­leged ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings on that day.

“This early, I am an­nounc­ing that I am or­der­ing a hol­i­day para walang masak­tan, walang ano kung may demon­stra­tion diyan, magk­ag­ulo,” Duterte said in an in­ter­view on staterun PTV4 Thurs­day night.

In­ci­den­tally, Septem­ber 21 also marks the 45th an­niver­sary of the dec­la­ra­tion of mar­tial law by for­mer pres­i­dent Fer­di­nand Mar­cos.

“Walang tra­baho ang gob­y­erno ’yang araw na ’yan at ang klase sus­pended. At la­hat ng pub­lic places dito na gusto niny­ong i- oc­cupy, kunin ninyo ,” Duterte also said.

Although Pres­i­dent Duterte did not spec­ify the day he would de­clare as hol­i­day, De­fense Sec­re­tary Delfin Loren­zana said on Fri­day that the Pres­i­dent was ap­par­ently re­fer­ring to Septem­ber 21.

“Dur­ing my in­ter­ac­tion with him early this week, sin­abi niya na pagka magka­roon ng mas­sive ral­lies sa Metro Manila that will in­con­ve­nience the pub­lic, I will de­clare walang pa­pa­sok sa mga [gov­ern­ment] of­fice,” Lorenza dis­closed in a Palace brief­ing.

Var­i­ous groups have an­nounced plans to stage mass protests on Septem­ber 21 to con­demn the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s war on drugs, po­lice abuses and hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions, and al­leged de­sign to de­clare mar­tial law na­tion­wide.

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