Duterte tells Filipinos: ‘Be inspired, value freedom we got from EDSA Revolution’

26-Feb-2019 Intellasia | UNTV News | 6:00 AM Print This Post

President Rodrigo Duterte has urged the public to deeply value the liberty that Filipinos are now enjoying after the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution.

In his message for the commemoration of the 33rd anniversary of the revolution, Duterte expressed hope that the people, especially the younger generation, would always remember that the freedom being enjoyed at present is due to the sacrifices of Filipinos back then.

“I am hopeful that this occasion will inspire all of us, especially the younger generation, to deeply value the freedom and liberty that we won in EDSA. Let us never forget the sacrifice of those who came before us so that we may always be motivated to preserve and protect the democratic way of life that we enjoy today,” Duterte said.

The President also reminded the Filipinos that their right to vote has the power to chart the course of the country.

“As the entire nation prepares for the upcoming Midterm Elections this May, let us always remember how this historic revolution restored our power to collectively chart our future through the ballot. May we all have a profound sense of appreciation and understanding of what we lost and what we reclaimed,” he said.

Duterte also noted that the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution is proof that “history can be rewritten without resorting to violent means.”

“Indeed, the peaceful revolution that brought together Filipinos from all walks of life during those tense four days of February 1986 has given rise to a Philippines that was reborn from the ashes of its tumultuous past,” he said.

Malacanang said last week that Duterte will likely skip the EDSA rites on Monday as he had done in the past three years.

However, the Palace clarified that Duterte’s snubbing of EDSA People Power anniversary commemoration has nothing to do with his closeness to the Marcos family, who were ousted by the revolution.



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