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Aquino frowns at ‘holiday economics’ — spokesman

President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III will review the "holiday economics" policy instituted by his predecessor, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, a Malacañang spokesman said Tuesday. "Hindi niya (Aquino) nagustuhan na nilipat-lipat ang araw ng independensya (He didn't like that the celebration for Independence Day was moved), so that June 12 will stick as June 12. It will not be moved anymore," presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said at a press briefing. The Arroyo administration held its last Independence Day celebrations on June 12, which fell on a Saturday. But Arroyo, through Proclamation No. 1841, moved its commemoration to the nearest Monday, June 14. Republic Act 9492 allows the incumbent president to move the non-religious holidays to the nearest Monday. Lacierda said the law would be discussed, and Malacañang will take "appropriate actions" if Aquino finds it necessary. "We will discuss that with the President and I'm sure that if it's something that he frowns about then the appropriate actions will be taken," he said. - Jam L. Sisante/KBK, GMANews.TV