Palace says report on Aug. 9 as special non-working holiday is false

Malacañang has belied information declaring Aug. 9 as a special non-working holiday to honor former president Fidel V. Ramos which has been making rounds on social media.

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Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles said on Thursday, Aug. 4, that Malacañang did not issue such a proclamation.

"Huwag po tayo maniwala sa mga kumakalat na post sa Facebook at sa iba pang social media platform na idinedeklarang special non-working holiday ang August 9, 2022 (Do not believe posts making rounds on Facebook and other social media platforms, declaring August 9, 2022 as a special non-working holiday)," Angeles said in a Facebook post.

"Hindi po ito totoo at walang inilalabas na anunsyo o proklamasyon tungkol dito (This is not true and we neither issued nor announced anything about this)," Angeles added.

She reminded the public to be critical over posts they read on social media.

Angeles was referring to a post on Facebook stating a purported proclamation no. 34 that declares Aug. 9 as a special non-working holiday to honor Ramos. It was similar to the format being used by the Palace in issuing proclamations of the President, only it was not on PDF file.

Proclamations from the President are normally released to the public via a photo file of the document bearing the President's sign.

The circulating post of the fake proclamation also used a wrong pronoun for the former president.

Prior to this, Malacañang declared a 10-day period of national mourning until Aug. 9 to honor the late former president.

A state funeral with full military honors will also be given to Ramos on Aug. 9.