FACT CHECK: No, December 26 and January 2 are not national holidays

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Dec 13 2018 09:43 PM

A report claims the Philippine government has declared two extra holidays over this Christmas-New Year season. The report is false; the government has not announced the extra holidays.

The Philippine News website claims that “Malacañang Palace” has proclaimed December 26, 2018, and January 2, 2019, special non-working holidays, following the approval of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Malacañang refers to the presidential palace, and is a commonly used shorthand for the executive branch of government.

Here is a screenshot of the article:

#WalangPasok means #NoWork and #NoClasses.

The Philippine government lists public holidays on an official gazette available online.

The holidays for 2018 are specified in Proclamation No. 269, which was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on July 17, 2017.

Below is a screenshot of the holidays listed by Proclamation No. 269. December 26 is not listed as a holiday:

The holidays for 2019 are listed in Proclamation No. 555, signed by Duterte on August 15, 2018.

Here are the dates for the holidays in 2019. January 2 is not one of them: