Aquino: People Power also took place outside Metro Manila

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday said that People Power Revolt 28 years ago against the regime of late President Ferdinand Marcos did not only take place in Metro Manila but also in other areas in the country, like Cebu.

This was the reason why he decided to commemorate the bloodless revolution in Cebu province, Aquino said in an interview.

He said that bringing the Edsa People Power Revolution in Cebu did not mean that he was revising the history.

"Hindi lang naman sa Edsa (Epifanio delos Santos Avenue) nag-alsa ang taumbayan hindi ba? May Cebu, may Davao, napakaraming ibang mga lugar; at palagay ko naman time na rin, di ba, after 28 years ma-recognize iyong contribution ng iba't ibang lugar. Pag-aalsa ng taumbayan yon sa buong Pilipinas at hindi lang sa Metro Manila," he said.

While other key players in the historic event were not able to attend the ceremony in Cebu, the President noted that former President Fidel Ramos still did his traditional jump on Monday in Manila.

In his speech during the flag raising ceremony in the provincial capitol of Cebu, Aquino also recalled that as early as September 1983, Cebu already became part of the plan to oust Marcos.

The President said that he even went to Cebu that time and when he arrived there, he already felt that apparently Martial Law was no longer being implemented there.

"Talaga hong buong buo sa loob ng mga Cebuano na kung ano ang tama, at kung paano dapat labanan mali, at parang malaya na nga ho ang Cebu," he said.

He also recalled that shortly after the snap elections in 1986, his mother, late President Corazon Aquino, who challenged Marcos, went to Cebu to call for civil disobedience by boycotting all the products by the firms owned by Marcos' cronies.

"Para sa akin ho, kung sasabihin natin kung ang huling yugto o huling kabanata ng pakikipaglabang maibalik ang demokrasya ay nangyari sa Edsa, puwede nating sigurong masabi, ang unang yugto, nag-umpisa naman sa Cebu. Kaya dapat lamang na gunitain natin ito," he added.

The commemoration of the People Power Revolution in Cebu and not in Edsa, Quezon City, was the first since 1986. (SDR/Sunnex)

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