Duterte declares June 5 Eid'l Fitr holiday

MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – President Rodrigo Duterte declared June 5, Wednesday, as a regular holiday in observance of Eid’l Fitr or the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea signed Wednesday, May 29, on behalf of the President Proclamation No. 729, affirming the exact date next week of the Eid'l Fitr celebration as a regular holiday.

HOLIDAY PROCLAMATION. A copy of Proclamation No. 729, declaring June 5, 2019, as the Edi'l Fitr holiday.

HOLIDAY PROCLAMATION. A copy of Proclamation No. 729, declaring June 5, 2019, as the Edi'l Fitr holiday.

The two Islamic celebrations of Eid'l Fitr and Eid'l Adha have previously been declared holidays when the Duterte signed Proclamation No. 555 listing the regular holidays for 2019 in August last year.

However, only estimated dates were set for the two events in the presidential order.

The Palace follows the recommendation of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos in setting the final dates of these holidays.

Eid'l Adha this year is tentatively set for August 11, a Sunday.

The President currently in Japan to attend the to Nikkei's International Conference on the Future of Asia. – Rappler.com