#WalangPasok: Duterte finally declares July 6 a regular holiday for Eid'l Fitr

MANILA, Philippines - President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday afternoon has declared July 6 (Wednesday) a regular holiday throughout the country in observance of Eid’l Fitr or the Feast of Ramadan.

Palace finally declares July 6 special holiday for Eid'l Fitr

Through Proclamation No. 06, s. 2016, Duterte said that "the entire Filipino nation should have the full opportunity to join their Muslim brothers and sisters in peace and harmony in the observance and celebration of Eid’l Fitr."

Here's the official copy of Duterte's first proclamation as new president of the country:

Duterte finally declares July 6 a regular holiday for Eid'l Fitr

Eid’l Fitr marks the end of the holy month of fasting for the Muslims.

In November 2002, former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo signed Republic Act No. 9177 into law declaring the first day of Shawwal, the 10th month of the Islamic calendar, a national holiday for the observance of Eidul Fitr.

However, this day is dependent on the Islamic calendar.

According to RA 9177, "the approximate date of these Islamic holidays may be determined in accordance with the Islamic calendar (Hijra) or the lunar calendar, or upon Islamic astronomical calculations, whichever is possible or convenient."

Islam has more than five million members in the predominantly Catholic Philippines.

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