Guv: True meaning of Edsa seems lost

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

GOVERNOR Alfredo Marañon Jr. said Tuesday that many Filipinos seemed to have forgotten the true meaning of Edsa People Power revolution.

"It's meaning and how it changed the lives of the Filipinos is not sustained," Marañon said.

The Negros Occidental Provincial Government held a commemorative program Tuesday to join the nation in remembering the Edsa revolution that happened 28 years ago.


The program is set at the Provincial Capitol Lagoon.

The events leading to the peaceful revolt 28 years ago started on February 22, when then Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile and Philippine Constabulary chief Fidel Ramos withdrew support for President Ferdinand Marcos.

Enrile's and Ramos' actions triggered a series of events that catapulted the late Corazon Aquino, incumbent President Benigno Aquino III's mother, to the presidency.

Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said, "Edsa is about love and concern.”

“Without love and concern, the Edsa People Power will remain a cycle of event in our calendar," he said.

Lacson added that Edsa should be remembered not as an ordinary day, but a day that people expressed love and concern so that the present generation will enjoy the beauty of democracy.

Lacson said the movers of Edsa sacrificed and were even willing to give their lives so that democracy will be attained by the people.
“We should be glad that after years of suffering under the dictator, the Edsa People Power set the model for a peaceful struggle to achieve freedom and equality not only in our land, but also in other countries who wished to be freed from the control of tyrants,” he said.

Lacson clarified that while the peaceful uprising happened many years ago, the Edsa spirit should take a different path in the lives of Filipinos nowadays.

The victory of many should now be celebrated in response to the changing environment so that it will remain an inspiration, he said.

The vice governor added that while the Filipinos embrace the spirit of Edsa wholeheartedly, they also have to work hard to face the present challenges.

It is by way of looking at Edsa through the perspective of love and concern for others that we can draw a never-ending inspiration for the future of our country and people, Lacson said.

Today, Malacañang will hold the 28th anniversary celebration of the Edsa People Power Revolution in Cebu City.

Cebu was chosen as venue because the province was the bulwark of the opposition to the dictatorship during the martial law regime.

It was in Cebu City where Mrs. Corazon Aquino, President Benigno Aquino III's mother, was staying when the military broke ranks from then President Ferdinand Marcos on February 22, 1986.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on February 25, 2014.

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