SUBIC BAY FREEPORT, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has declared Monday, May 9, as a special non-working holiday to “enable people to properly exercise their right to vote.”

The Malacañang Palace on Thursday, May 5th, released Proclamation No. 1357 signed by Mr. Duterte, declaring a holiday throughout the country during the National and Local Elections.

In his order, Mr. Duterte said that the elections will be conducted subject to the public health measures of the national government. Around 65.7 million Filipinos are expected to cast their votes.

This will be the first time that the Philippines will hold elections in the middle of a pandemic.