Malacañang has mapped out various activities in celebration of the 28th anniversary of the bloodless People Power Revolution amid the prosecution of key figures in the pork barrel scam who were looked up to as heroes in 1986.
Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said a wreath-laying ceremony in the morning of February 24 at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City will be led by former President and Armed Forces Chief Fidel Ramos.
Ramos, former Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile and army officer Gringo Honasan turned their backs on then President Ferdinand Marcos to spark the EDSA Revolution.
Valte said President Benigno Aquino 3rd will attend the Pulong Bayan in Cateel, Davao Oriental and Loon, Bohol, to get an update on the recovery efforts there in the aftermath of the typhoon and earthquake last year.
“EDSA [People Power Revolution] belongs to the people and it will never be affected by the problems that are being faced by some of the players who are part of it,” Valte said on state radio.
Valte was referring to the plunder complaint against Enrile at the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with the P10-billion Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) mess.
Honasan allegedly released P150 million from his PDAF for ghost projects in 14 municipalities.
The Palace has decided not to hold the February 25 EDSA rites at the EDSA Shrine. Instead, the celebrations will be centered in Cebu in what Malacañang describes as the President’s way of reaching out to the people.
The People Power Revolution is a life-changing moment for President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s family. The bloodless revolt did not only end Marcos’ martial law regime but also catapulted his mother, Corazon Aquino, to the presidency.
The President’s mother ran against Marcos in response to an overwhelming public clamor stirred by the 1983 assassination of her husband, Benigno Aquino Jr.
“This year, it will be a little different and we will be looking beyond the historical context of the commemoration to recognize the people who quietly kept the spirit of People Power alive by standing by their fellow Filipino in times of crisis. The EDSA spirit lives on even outside February 25 when Filipinos help each other in the toughest of times,” Valte added.
LLANESCA T. PANTI