Preparations for the 36th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution

Candidates for the 2022 presidential election also share their thoughts on the historic uprising

MANILA, Philippines – Various groups and institutions are gearing up for the 36th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution on Friday, February 25.

Exactly 36 years ago, popular revolt overthrew tyrant and dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Now his son Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is seeking the presidency to regain his power.

On Sunday, February 20, members of the Akbayan political group held an early commemoration of the revolt at the EDSA People’s Power Monument. Attendees installed a giant six-foot-diameter funeral wreath at the monument with the message, “Huwag pumayag patayin muli ang demokrasya.” (Don’t let democracy be killed again.)

Attendees also brought a banner with the message, “Kay Marcos Jr., participated in Democracy.” (Under Marcos Jr., we will mourn democracy again.)

The Ateneo de Manila University, for its part, will organize a online forum to give the younger generation a glimpse of what happened during the historic people power uprising.

The President of the Catholic Episcopal Conference of the Philippines and the Bishop of Caloocan Diocese, Virgilio David, will speak at the forum, along with economist Winnie Monsod, retired former military chief General Emmanuel Bautista and by veteran journalist Ed Lingao.

The Anti-Martial Law Group’s Campaign Against the Return of the Marcos and Martial Law and other groups will hold a forum on the role of elections in achieving peace. The forum will take place on February 23.

The University of the Philippines Diliman Student Council has also announced that it will hold a rally Friday. The educational institution is the stronghold of student activism, especially during the dark days of martial law.

Meanwhile, the Archdiocese of Manila announced last week that a Mass will be held at EDSA Sanctuary Friday. A monument of Our Lady of the Queen of Peace had been erected at the said sanctuary.

Shortly after Marcos fled to Hawaii, the late Cardinal Jaime Sin thought of making the shrine a memorial to the revolution.

Presidential bets on EDSA

Rappler also asked the presidential candidates about their perceptions of the people power revolt.

Labor and Partido leader Lakas ng Masa bet Leodye de Guzman said the revolution was not entirely successful due to still unfinished business. According to De Guzman, although Marcos was ousted from power three decades ago, cronyism, poverty and injustice still persist today.

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Manila Mayor and Aksyon Demokratiko bet that Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso said it was time to reject the abuses of the powerful. Moreno also noted that people must remember that the government must be supported by the people.

Former National Police Chief Senator Panfilo Lacson, currently a presidential candidate under the Reporma party, reminded Filipinos that martial law indeed marked dark years in the country’s history. Lacson added that the revolt was a lesson in granting absolute power to any leader. – Rappler.com

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