Thirteen years ago today, Gloria Arroyo took over as president through a popular uprising that ousted Joseph Estrada.
The event has since been referred to EDSA 2 to distinguish it from the
original People Power revolt at the same place in 1986.
But as far as Malacañang is concerned, EDSA is a non-event.
EDSA 2 “is not marked in our country’s history. It is not celebrated,” Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said on Sunday.
Coloma said President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s declaration of January 20 as National Day of Prayer had nothing to do with EDSA 2.
“That so-called anniversary has nothing to do with [this]. It is not in any way connected to the date set for our country’s prayer,” Coloma said.
He explained that the anniversary of EDSA 2 and the national day of prayer declaration was merely a “coincidence.”
“It just happened that [January 20] was the date selected for the occasion,” Coloma said.
He noted that even the Arroyo administration hardly commemorated EDSA 2, which further pointed to its “insignificance.”