MANILA, Philippines - Outgoing Executive Secretary Leandro Mendoza has recommended that June 30 be declared a holiday so that the nation will be able to witness the inauguration of the country's 15th President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III.
Mendoza said it is up to outgoing President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to decide whether to approve his recommendation.
"I have made a recommendation to the President [Arroyo] to make it a holiday. No decision yet, it's for approval," Mendoza, one of Arroyo's most trusted men, said.
Aquino will be taking his oath at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila before Supreme Court Associate Justice Conchita Carpio Morales.
He will hold his first Cabinet meeting and host the traditional Vin d' Honneur in Malacañang after the ceremony.
His team has also scheduled a street party at the Quezon Memorial Circle on June 30.
Aquino handily won the May 10 presidential elections, beating 8 other rivals, including former President Joseph Estrada, who came in second.