President Rodrigo Duterte will respect the decision of lawmakers on the proposal to declare Sept. 11 of every year as a special non-working holiday in the province of Ilocos Norte in commemoration of the birth anniversary of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, said Malacañang.
“Rerespetuhin ng Presidente kung ano ang maging desisyon ng policymakers sa Kongreso,” Spokesman Harry Roque said in a press briefing, noting that the measure still has to pass both chambers of Congress.
[The President will respect whatever the decision of policymakers in Congress will be.]
The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved on final reading of said bill which Ilocos Norte Rep. Angelo Marcos Barba, the late dictator’s nephew, described as a salute to “a brilliant man whose vision for the country remains unparalleled.”
Duterte is known to be close to the Marcos family, as his late father Vicente served in the late strongman’s pre-martial law Cabinet.
The Marcoses were known for living an extravagant life during his regime, with billions in ill-gotten wealth that have not been recovered yet decades since the end of his rule.