Palace clarifies that Feb 25 is a holiday for students only

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Good news for students and not so good news for employees who wish to have a free day in the middle of the week.

Malacanang cleared that February 25, the anniversary of the EDSA People’s Power Revolution, is a regular working day, and a special holiday for students only.

Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) stated that the 25th of February has been declared a working holiday. This fact is based on Proclamation No. 831 which was signed by President Benigno Aquino III last July 17, 2014.

In an interview, Coloma clarified that the holiday is for students only and that the EDSA People’s Power Anniversary is a working day for the rest of the Filipino employees.

The 28th Anniversary of the bloodless revolution will be celebrated on Wednesday. This historic incident called EDSA People’s Power took place in the 27-kilometer Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA); hence, its name. This revolution ended the almost 20 years oppressive regime of the late former President Ferdinand Marcos.

President Noy Aquino will lead the EDSA People’s Power Revolution Anniversary.

PNoy is the son of former Senator Benigno ‘Ninoy’ Aquino Sr. who was shot upon his arrival in the Philippines on August 21, 1983. Ninoy’s death led to a series of demonstrations and public outcry which greatly affected the economy. Marcos was then prompted to call for a presidential snap election which put him against Ninoy’s widow, Corazon ‘Cory’ Aquino.

Marcos won the elections, but the people tagged this victory as the most corrupt and deceitful election in the history of the Philippines.

The Filipinos openly expressed their discontentment and impatience with the Marcos government, and thus started their movement on EDSA; a move which forced Marcos to leave Malacanang.

On February 25, 1986, President Cory Aquino was named the 11th President of the Philippines and the first ever female chief executive of the country.