40,000-plus want Día del Padre June 17

Organizers of a campaign to establish a fixed date for father’s day say they have obtained 43,940 signatures in 19 days.

The campaign seeks to make June 17 the Día del Padre instead of the third Sunday of June, as it is in the United States and Canada. El Día de la Madre now is a fixed date, Aug. 15, in Costa Rica.

The campaign is being sponsored by the Gollo home products chain, which sent out a release Thursday. The firm said that signatures were mainly gathered in its 130 stores.

The chain said that more than 40,000 signatures could put the question to a public referendum or that bill No. 19.985 in the legislature could do the same thing.

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