MANILA, Feb 24 (Mabuhay) – Senate President Franklin Drilon on Monday urged the Filipinos not to forget the EDSA People Power Revolution that brought back democracy in the country 28 years ago.
”To our countrymen, we should not forget that a People Power is one way to bring back our democracy said,” Drilon said a day before the celebration of the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution.
”If we have freedom to criticize our government and scrutinize the way the government spends people’s money, that is because we have freedom of expression under our democracy,” Drilon added.
Drilon encouraged all the Filipinos to commemorate the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution on Tuesday.
”We joined hands in 1986 to change our nation, our acts and to push reform during that time. We are free today because of EDSA People Power,” Drilon said.
Senate Majority Leader Alan Cayetano said the abolition of the priority development assistance fund (PDAF) is a testament that People Power remains relevant even up to the present.
”The spirit of EDSA still alive after 28 years. Our grandparents and parents fought for the kind of country they wanted not only for them, but for us as well. Now, it is up to us to honor that spirit and fight for the kind of country we want,” Cayetano said.
After the pork barrel abolition, Cayetano said the next battle is ensuring that those who are responsible for the plunder of the people’s money should be prosecuted and jailed.
Cayetano also said that the celebration of the 28th anniversary of the EDSA revolution should also serve as a reminder to the government to institute reforms and stamp out corruption wherever it may be found.
Neophyte senator Nancy Binay said EDSA Revolution is not yet finished, stressing “it is still a work in progress as many of our countrymen remain mired in hunger, poverty and inequality.”
”Twenty-eight years ago, we gathered in EDSA to demand for our rights. Today, we are still marching hand in hand – so that every Filipino, regardless of economic status, age and sex can gain and enjoy true democracy, justice and equality,” Binay said. (MNS)