Voters’ list-up goes on despite holiday

The Commission on Elections on Thursday encouraged Filipinos to take advantage of the regular holiday today, Friday, to register for the 2016 presidential elections.

In his official Twitter account, Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said that local Comelec offices will open today from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. despite the celebration of  Eid’l Adha.

Earlier, President Benigno Aquino III signed Proclamation No. 1128 declaring Sept. 25 as a regular holiday in observance of Eid’l Adha or Islam’s “Feast of the Sacrifice.”

It will be the last national holiday in the country before the Oct. 31 deadline for voter registration.

There will also be the continuing satellite registration taking place at certain malls in different parts of the country today.

In Caloocan City, Mayor Oscar Malapitan sponsored the Feast of Sacrifice (Eid-Al Adha) for the Muslim community in the city, a gesture of respect and cooperation between different faith or religion.

A solemn prayer started early dawn Thursday  in two venues: Caloocan North City Hall, which was attended by more than 1,200 Muslims; and Buena Park Sports Complex, with more than 700 with the same faith.

Malapitan announced that a new office at the City Hall—the Caloocan City Muslim Affairs Coordinating Council was created through an executive order, for the welfare of the Muslim community, including the observance of the Islamic culture and traditions, and responding to the needs of the community. With  Jun B. David

COMMENT DISCLAIMER: Reader comments posted on this Web site are not in any way endorsed by Manila Standard. Comments are views by readers who exercise their right to free expression and they do not necessarily represent or reflect the position or viewpoint of While reserving this publication’s right to delete comments that are deemed offensive, indecent or inconsistent with Manila Standard editorial standards, Manila Standard may not be held liable for any false information posted by readers in this comments section.