‘Never forget the spirit of 1986 EDSA People Power’
Manila (PNA) – Vice President Jejomar C. Binay yesterday called on the Filipino people to remain vigilant in making sure that the spirit of the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution is never forgotten.
Speaking to reporters after leading the wreath-laying ceremonies at the People Power Monument in Quezon City in commemoration of the 28th anniversary of the peaceful and bloodless EDSA Revolution, Binay urged the Filipinos to never lose hope and continue to fight even if reports of graft and corruption continue to persist.
Let’s not change vision. What’s important is we always remember the principles we fought for in EDSA 28 years ago, Binay said.
In Cebu, President Benigno S. Aquino III defended his decision to commemorate the 28th EDSA anniversary there.
Aquino led the flag-raising ceremony and the Salubungan at the Cebu Provincial Capitol in Cebu City before visiting more calamity-hit areas in the Visayas yesterday.
Binay stressed the importance of commemorating the anniversary of the 1986 EDSA Revolution because it allows the younger generation to learn about the sacrifices of those who participated in the peaceful uprising that toppled the dictatorship of then President Ferdinand E. Marcos.
The Vice President also urged the Filipinos to remain vigilant in making sure that the spirit of EDSA Revolution will never be forgotten.
“Sana ‘wag namang mangyari ‘yung ikinatatakot ng marami, ‘yun bang malimutan na natin at hindi na natin pinag-uukulan ng tamang selebrasyon ang isang makasaysayang araw katulad ng EDSA,” he said.
“Sana ho huwag tayong makalimot sa kasaysayan. Ang sabi nga ho, ‘pag nakakalimot sa kasaysayan, malamang maulit ang mga maling gawain,” Binay stressed.
Aquino, meanwhile, said that while many people would ask why he chose to commemorate the EDSA People Power anniversary in Cebu, his answer would be, “Why not?”
He said if the last chapter of the four-day EDSA Revolution in 1986 happened in Metro Manila, it was in Cebu where the first chapter of the Catholic Church-backed bloodless coup started.
The President said it was in Cebu where his mother, Corazon “Cory” Aquino, launched a civil disobedience campaign to boycott crony firms of the Marcoses.
They Went Their Own Way
President Aquino also said that all key players in the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution were invited to the celebration.
Among such key players were then defense minister and now Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile and then Philippine Constabulary Chief and later President Fidel V. Ramos who withdrew their support for the dictatorial regime of President Ferdinand E. Marcos.
Because of alleged links to the P10-billion pork barrel scam, Enrile was rumored not to have been invited, something belief by President Aquino’s statement.
Ramos, however, celebrated the historic event at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City.
Ramos expressed support for the decision of the organizers of this year’s EDSA anniversary to hold the celebration in areas affected by calamities in the past years.
In a related development, neophyte senators asked yesterday both the public and private sectors to join hands to fight poverty, address the country’s soaring unemployment rate as well to caution the impact of climate change.
Senators Juan Edgardo Angara, Paolo Benigno Aquino IV and Nancy Binay called on all Filipinos to unite to help the government address the socio-economic problems hounding the country.
“Ang tunay na demokrasya ay nangangahulugan din ng kalayaan mula sa gapos ng kahirapan; sa kagutuman; sa kalamidad at sakuna; at sa kawalan ng trabaho at oportunidad. Yan, ang di pa tapos na laban ng EDSA. Yan ang hamon na patuloy na humihingi ng katugunan hindi lamang mula sa aming mga nanunungkulan,kundi mula sa buong sambayanan,” Angara said.
Aquino, cousin of the President, agreed with Angara, saying “our fight against the prevalent inequality and lack of economic opportunities continues.”
“As we came together in 1986, once again, let us join hands to help the country’s poor and give everyone a chance to gain employment and livelihood,” he said.
“At present, the revolution to end poverty continues and more than ever, we need to unite to fulfill the full promise of EDSA,” he pointed out.
Work In Progress
Binay, for her part said the People Power “is not yet finished – it is still a work in progress as many of our countrymen remain mired in hunger, poverty and inequality.”
“Twenty-eight years ago, we gathered in EDSA to demand for our rights. Today, we are still marching hand in hand – so that every Filipino, regardless of economic status, age and sex can gain and enjoy true democracy, justice and equality,” she said. (With a report from Charissa M. Luci)