Lawmakers, millennials mark EDSA revolt

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AT least 10,000 people gathered at the People Power monument in White Plains, Quezon City on Saturday to commemorate the 31st anniversary of the peaceful uprising that toppled the Marcos administration.

EDSA REMEMBERED Members of militant groups join thousands who marked the 31st anniversary of the EDSA revolt at the People Power monument. PHOTO BY MIKE DE JUAN

Government officials and ordinary citizens said the EDSA people power revolt should not be forgotten because it marked the return of democracy.

Senator Francis Pangilinan, one of those who showed up for the program, said the event should be celebrated.
“Thirty one years ago, we got our freedom of speech and democracy. We claimed democracy back, we ousted the dictatorship [of Marcos],” Pangilinan said.

“That is why there is a need for us to celebrate this,” he added.


Former President Benigno Aquino 3rd said the People Power revolution should remind the people that they have the power to “protect the rights of everyone.”

The former chief executive shrugged off allegations that the Liberal Party is behind moves to destabilize the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

“We actually offered him a helping hand if ever he need assistance. With the so-called destabilization, that’s not true. We’re actually offering help,” he told reporters.

Also at the event were Senators Franklin Drilon, Paolo Aquino 4th and Risa Hontiveros.

Hontiveros said she was not surprised that President Rodrigo Duterte opted to skip the event.

“It’s just sad that the current administration ignored this celebration with the President not being able to attend it,” she said.

Apo Hiking Society member Jim Paredes said Filipinos “should not give up” the freedom that was regained at EDSA.

“We are not giving up. We should not give up the freedom that we have,” Paredes said.

“EDSA [People Power] is an inspiration for everyone. Just like when we go back to Rizal and Bonifacio, these moves are inspirational,” he added.

The veteran singer said unless the people will learn their lessons, “history will repeat itself.”

Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo said the large crowd that gathered proves that the people’s uprising has not been forgotten.

“I am thankful for those who participated in the event. This shows that even if it was 31 years ago, we still cannot forget what EDSA really is,” she told reporters.

A group of millennials joined the celebration.

Millennials Against Dictators (MAD) member Rachel Contreras, 25, said that EDSA is being commemorated with “nameless” and “faceless” people from all walks of life.

“The people who gathered in here, they do not know each other. This is a sign of democracy that we are enjoying right now because of those who fought for it back then by people who are also from all walks of life,” she said.

“We cannot say that events [right now]are happening the same way just like during Martial Law. But I think there are elements of dictatorship that are now making an appearance,” she added.

“EDSA is about the Filipino people, and as a millennial, I recognize this belief,” she said.

Contreras’ group, MAD, was one of the main organizers of the 31st celebration of the anniversary of the People Power.

Another millennial, Nicolai Parlan, 20, said he joined the event “to stand up for democracy.”

“For me, my age is not a matter since I believe that though I am young, I should participate in these kinds of actions,” Parlan said.

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9 Comments

  1. Can the results of that election be published to prove that its just a bunch of power grab of the oligarchs who have fooled almost everyone until DU30 shows up !!!

  2. EDSA People Power Revolution is a 3 decade of FAKE NEWS celebrated only by the Yellow Tards who continue teaching hatred against Marcoses.

  3. These self centered people who could not even look at their shadow has change their color from yellow to black.
    These yellow dogs still deny that they are the cause of our current problem of drugs, criminality, corruption and poverty as a whole.
    These people even deny of their intention to plot against the Duterte administration in order to regain power.
    The truth, the yellow regime has spread hopelessness instead of hope, like a bacteria slowly killing every single
    dream of our youth to achieve a better life.
    The truth, they want to convert the arrest of Senator De Lima into a political act in spite of the fact that the case is clearly a criminal act.
    The yellow dogs together with their left comrades are still chasing the bones they left!!!

  4. Daniel B. Laurente on

    Show us the photographic documents that will signify the truthfulness of the claimed 10,000 attendees to this EDSA Celebration like the Photographic Documents and Digital Images at Luneta.

  5. Mabuti at nagpakita ng support ang mga followers ni Duterte, hindi katulad noong panahon ni Marcos na nanahimik lang ang mga Marcos loyalists, kaya tuloy akala ng mga foreign countries at maging karamihan ng mga Pilipino ay wala na talagang suporta si Marcos sa publiko at ayaw na sa kanya ng mga tao.

  6. Laos na ang People Power (EDSA Revolution). Hindi ninyo na mabobola ngayon ang mga Pilipino. Salamat sa internet at hindi na mani-nipulate ng biased media ang kaisipan ng mga Pilipino.

  7. Sa aking paniniwala wala nang naniniwala sa EDSA kase hindi nakamit nang taong bayan ang pagbabagong ina asahan sa halip kabaligtaran ang nangyare lalung lumala ang corruption sa gobyerno, kaya ang mga tao nagsawa na, mas marami panga ang nagpunta sa Luneta sumoporta sa panawagan nang mga suporter nang Presidente kase nga parang nakakita sila nang pagbabago sa ating pangulo,