October 26 will be a non-working holiday in Cebu to allow more people to attend the funeral of Cebu
Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, who died last week.
During his visit to the wake of Cardinal Vidal at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral in downtown
Cebu City past midnight on Monday, President Rodrigo Duterte said he would sign an executive order
declaring Oct. 26 a holiday.
The President arrived at the cathedral at 12:05 a.m. and was welcomed by Cebu Archbishop Jose
Palma. He immediately approached Vidal’s younger brother, Juanito Vidal, who was waiting at the wake,
sitting on a wheelchair.
He walked to the coffin of Cardinal Vidal and stayed there for about two minutes.
Duterte also delivered a short speech in front of church officials and people who had waited
for his arrival Sunday since past 9 p.m.