Palace: Inclusion of Edsa key players to PDAF scam should not affect spirit of People Power

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

MALACANANG on Saturday said that the Edsa People Power Revolution, which took place 28 years ago, belongs to the people and the inclusion of key players of this historic event in the pork barrel scam should not change the sense of People Power among Filipinos.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the commemoration of Edsa People Power on Tuesday should not focus solely on the major players in the 1986 revolt.

"You know, Edsa belongs to the people. Edsa will never be affected by what the problems being faced by some of the players who are part of it because primarily Edsa belongs to the people," she said on state-run dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.

At least two major players in the Edsa revolt, namely Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Gregorio Honasan, were dragged in the controversy involving the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

But so far, it was only Enrile who was among the lawmakers charged with plunder over the PDAF scam.

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

But Valte also said that for this year, the administration is "looking beyond" the historical context of the 1986 revolt to "recognize people who quietly kept the spirit of People Power alive" by standing by their fellow Filipinos in times of need.

She said this was evident in the last quarter of 2013, when many Filipinos were affected by recent calamities including super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

"Hindi lang nabubuhay ang diwa ng Edsa tuwing February 25 kundi buhay na buhay ang diwa ng Edsa kung dumarating ang pagsubok sa atin bilang sambayanan sa pagtulong natin sa kapuwa," she said. (SDR/Sunnex)

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