FEB 25 A HOLIDAY TO MARK EDSA1  

Manila, Feb. 20, 2003 -- Malacaņang yesterday declared Tuesday, February 25, a non-working holiday in commemoration of the 17th anniversary of the 1986 EDSA People Power revolution.

Financial markets, government and private offices will be closed that day.

The EDSA 1 uprising that took place on Feb. 22 to 25 toppled the government of Ferdinand Marcos.

Arroyo became president following EDSA Dos in January 2001, which cut short the term of Joseph Estrada who is now on trial for plunder. He denies any wrongdoing.

Arroyo will leave for the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) meeting in Malaysia on Sunday, Feb. 23 and will stay in Kuala Lumpur until late Monday night.

She will be back in Manila at dawn on Feb. 25 to join the anniversary celebrations.

Arroyo said a mass will be held with former President Corazon Aquino as guest of honor.

After that, Arroyo and Aquino will proceed to Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija where Benigno Aquino Jr. and Jose Diokno shared a prison cell that will be declared a national shrine.

Presidential spokesman Ignacio Bunye said the Council of State meeting that would have coincided with the anniversary will probably be postponed.


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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