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Gov’t drops ‘Edsa yellow’

ORGANIZERS of the 32nd Edsa People Power celebration dropped the pure yellow motif and instead used yesterday the colors of the flag – red, white, blue and yellow – to highlight unity and a non-partisan celebration.

Rene Escalante, National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) chairman, said the commission wanted to avoid “color coding” and to highlight unity among Filipinos. 

Yellow is connected with former president Corazon Aquino and her allies, who are currently at odds with the camp of President Duterte.

Duterte was absent at the EDSA People Power Monument for the second straight year.

Escalante said P2.5 million was spent to hold a “modest celebration.” 

He said this year’s attendees were less than last year’s. 

He also said people should not forget the values of the bloodless revolution and to be mindful of information about the event, especially in the age of new media and proliferation of “fake news.”

This year’s highlights are the protest against Charter change, the mass at the Edsa Shrine, and former president Fidel Ramos’ iconic “jump.”

Protesters from various militant groups converged last Saturday at the People Power Monument to denounce the moves of the Duterte administration to amend the constitution.


They also built tents while the others went to EDSA Shrine. 

On Sunday morning, police forcibly removed the tents of the protesters, who were having a prayer vigil led by Fr. Robert Reyes. 

Ramos, who tried to execute again his historic jump in 1986, reminded Filipinos that aside from unity, solidarity and teamwork are important. 

The former president, who will turn 90 on March 18, was seen being held at the waist while trying to reenact the jump.

“Don’t forget what we learned at Edsa that is still going on is the unity of the Filipinos for a better future. Kaya nyo ba ito? Kayang-kaya,” he said.

Ramos was given the People’s Power Heroes Award during the event for playing a major role in 1986 revolt.

“Walang Ilokano, walang Tagalog, walang Dabaweno, walang Cebuano, walang Ilonggo. Lahat tayo Pilipino, yun ang gusto kong sabihin,” he said.

Ramos said he believes the Duterte administration is not authoritarian as it is still in a honeymoon period. 
 
RALLIES

Hundreds of supporters of President Duterte gathered between SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City to Ortigas avenue in front of the Edsa Shrine. 

Chief Supt. Reynaldo Biay, Eastern Police District (EPD) director, said the group called themselves the “Friends of Rodrigo Duterte is for Federalism (Ford).” 

Police gathered around the Edsa Shrine tried to prevent the rallyists from entering the area.

At 5 :15 p.m., another group of protesters, the Akbayan, crossed the Edsa Shrine, heading towards the People Power Monument.

They shouted anti-federalism and Charter change slogans as police and bystanders watched.

The PNP National Operations Center said various activities were held by pro- and anti-government groups in different parts of the country to commemorate the ousting of former strongman President Marcos in 1986.

In Metro Manila, police said more than 2,000 pro-government individuals gathered at the People Power Monument, while an estimated 200 people picketed Gate 1 of Camp Crame after holding a similar program at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani in Quezon Vity.

In Region 12, more than 300 anti-government protesters led by Bagong Alyansang Makabayan held a program at the vicinity of the National Highway Lagao, General Santos City, while around 2,000 pro-government held a similar action in General Santos City.

Reports from other areas have yet to be submitted in Camp Crame.
 
VIGILANCE

Vice President Leonor Robredo called on Filipinos to live by the spirit of the 1986 Edsa People Power Revolution, and stay vigilant against abuses that may threaten the country’s democracy.

Robredo was not able to attend the event in Manila since she was in her home in Naga City. 

The Liberal Party urged the public to remember the core lessons of People Power 1.

The opposition political party, in a statement, said it is imperative to remember the historical event that changed the course of the nation as a democratic society.

“Amidst the countless trials our country faces today, there remains no lesson more important than those we now look back on as we commemorate the 32nd anniversary of EDSA People Power I,” the LP said.

“And of all the messages of that first EDSA People Power, perhaps most important is this: that at the core of all democracies is the duty to listen to the people,” it stated.

There are five LP senators: Senate minority leader Sen. Franklin Drilon, Senate President protempore Ralph Recto, LP president Sen. Francis Pangilinan, Paolo “Bam” Aquino IV and Leila de Lima, a staunch critic of President Duterte who has been in detention on drug charges. – With JP Lopez, Raymond Africa, Ashzel Hachero and Christian Oineza
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