Eradicating poverty remains the challenge for government and citizens as the nation commemorates the 28th anniversary of the EDSA Revolution.
“True democracy cannot thrive in a society whose population lives in poverty. It is our duty—government and citizens alike—to make sure that the economic gains of our country are felt by all,” stressed Vice President Jejomar Binay.
He added that the spirit of EDSA “must live on in the sustained triumph of one of the people’s most fundamental freedoms: freedom from hunger and fear.
“Government must stand squarely in defense of these rights and citizens must exercise these rights in the service of a greater, nobler goal: a more equitable and prosperous Philippines,” he added.
According to Binay, the peaceful revolution’s success is only half the battle. The other half, he said, is for the people to remain vigilant in protecting the democracy the nation has won and “to keep its memory from fading.
“It demands from all of us eternal vigilance against any erosion of these rights.
“As we commemorate its 28th anniversary, it is our responsibility to make sure that the ideals of the EDSA People Power Revolution live on in the society we are building for our children, and for the future generations of Filipinos,” added Binay.
The Vice President, who was an activist and human rights lawyer during the dictatorship, has been pushing for the establishment of a memory museum dedicated to documenting the struggles against martial law.
Binay explained that the establishment of such museum could help in educating the youth and making them more aware of the fight for democracy during the period.