Panelo on Duterte: Why force him to attend EDSA rites?


    WHY force him?

    This was the response yesterday of Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, concurrent presidential spokesman, when asked why President Duterte is again skipping commemoration rites for the 1986 EDSA “people power revolt.”

    Panelo on Friday said the President is likely to miss the EDSA commemoration, his fourth miss since becoming president in 2016. Panelo said the President might stay at home to work. But he also said he yet to see the official schedule of the President for February 25.

    In a radio interview yesterday, Panelo was again asked if Duterte would attend the EDSA commemoration activities.

    He said, “E kung ayaw niya um-attend, bakit natin pipilitin? (If he does not want to attend, why would we force him?)

    Asked further why the President has been skipping the Edsa activities, Panelo said he would have to ask Duterte about it.

    A full schedule of the activities for the 34th EDSA People Power anniversary has yet to be released.

    The 1986 people power revolution led to the ouster of President Ferdinand Marcos and catapulted to the presidency of Corazon Aquino, wife of the slain senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr.

    Duterte, a known friend and supporter of the Marcoses, had allowed the burial of the Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani despite opposition from several sectors.

    He also endorsed the senatorial bid of Marcos daughter, Imee, in 2018.

    Duterte’s father, Vicente, was a member of Marcos’ Cabinet even while his mother, Soledad, was a “yellow“ activist who supported former President Corazon Aquino.

    The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), in a memorandum released last week, said this year’s EDSA anniversary would be a venue to highlight the government’s campaign against communist groups and the protection of Filipino families against the communist threats.

    Interior Secretary Año enjoined all local government units (LGUs) up to the barangay level to participate in “EDSA Family Day” activities that would be conducted as part of this year’s celebration.

    The activities include fun runs, medical missions, bazaars, and mini concerts to be held in different parts of the country.

    In Metro Manila, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines and the EDSA People Power Commission in coordination with the Ayala Group will launch on February 27 the 34th EDSA anniversary photo exhibit which will showcase the work of freelance photojournalist, a former president of the Press Photographers of the Philippines, Sonny Camarillo, at the Trinoma Mall in Quezon City.

    Private sector workers who will report for work tomorrow, a special non-working holiday, are entitled to an additional 30 percent of his/her daily rate on the first eight hours of work.

    For those who will work in excess of eight hours (overtime work), the employee shall be paid an additional 30 percent of his/her hourly rate.

    An employee who will report for work during the special non-working day, which also falls on his/her rest day, will get an additional 50 percent of his/her daily rate on the first eight hours of work.

    For work done in excess of eight hours (overtime work) during a special non-working day that also falls on his/her rest day, he/she shall be paid an additional 30 percent of his/her hourly rate on said day.

    If the employee did not work, the “no work, no pay” principle shall apply.

    “(This is) unless there is favorable company policy, practice, or collective bargaining agreement (CBA) granting payment on a special day,” said DOLE. – With Gerard Naval