Duterte declares National Bible Day a special working holiday

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 11) —  President Rodrigo Duterte declared the last Monday of January a special working holiday, in observance of National Bible Day.

Duterte signed Republic Act 11163 on December 20 last year, instilling the holiday as part of government's mandate "to aid and encourage development of the moral character and spiritual foundation of the Filipino people."

Among the authors of the law are Senators Manny Pacquiao and Joel Villanueva, who are known practicing Christians.

"As a predominantly Christian nation and the largest Christian nation in the Asia Pacific, this Act recognizes the value of the Holy Bible as the core of Christian faith," the law said.