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September 3 declared a working holiday to commemorate Yamashita fall

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte has declared September 3 as a special working public holiday nationwide to commemorate the surrender of Japanese General Tomoyuki Yamashita in Kiangan town of Ifugao province.

Republic Act 11216, signed by Duterte last February 14, marks the surrender of Yamashita, then commander of the Japanese Imperial Army in the Philippines, on September 2, 1945.

The following year, the American military tribunal in Manila sentenced Yamashita to death after he was found guilty of war crimes.

He was executed by hanging in Los Baños, Laguna

This Act, which originated in the House of Representatives, was passed by the Lower House on May 26, 2017 and amended by the Senate on November 26, 2018.

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