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Baka daw magkasakit! Palace takes back #MayPasok announcement: Classes, gov’t work suspended

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Malacañang caused confusion among the public by declaring there will be classes and work in government offices nationwide on the second day of the transport strike– only to take it back a few hours later.

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar announced to the media that classes and government work will proceed early Monday evening (October 17). Around 10 p.m., when several Filipinos were already asleep, he issued a new announcement..

“ES [Executive Secretary Salvador] Medialdea suspended government work and classes for all levels tomorrow, October 17, nationwifde due to the transport strike public health and safety,” Andanar said in a statement.

“May transport strike, ulan, bagyo at walang masakyan. Baka magkasakit ang mga kawani ng gobyerno at mga aestudyante kung maulan at walang masakyan,” he added.

Andanar told the media to rush the announcement for the late evening news.

The new directive, however, caused puzzlement among the public who thought that classes and government work will go on.

The nationwide transport strike is staged by the group PISTON, which is opposing the Department of Transportation’s jeepney modernization program.

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