Duterte declares May 13 Election Day a special non-working holiday

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 9) — President Rodrigo Duterte has declared Election Day, May 13, a special non-working holiday nationwide.

This is "to enable the people to properly exercise their right to vote," according to the President's Proclamation No. 719 released by Malacañang on Wednesday.

According to the Labor Department, employees who work on special non-working days are paid an additional 30 percent of the basic wage for the first eight hours, and an additional 30 percent of the hourly rate for overtime work. If it falls on an employee's rest day, there should be an additional 50 percent of the basic wage.

There are over 61 million registered voters throughout the country. Twelve Senate seats are up for grabs, on top of posts in the local government.

Precincts open for longer hours this year, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., compared to the 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. schedule in the 2016 presidential polls.

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