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Lesson of EDSA is not just about gaining back our freedom by overthrowing a dictator but also using this freedom to inspire Filipinos to forge ahead towards progress – President Aquino

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MANILA, Feb 25 (Mabuhay) — President Benigno S. Aquino III called on the Filipino people to look at the fruits borne out by the successful and bloodless ousting of a dictator 27 years ago as inspiration to drive our collective will towards reaping the rewards of freedom and forging on to achieve the country’s sustainable progress and inclusive growth.

In his speech delivered during rites marking the 27th Anniversary of the EDSA People Power held at the People Power Monument in the corner of Epifanio De Los Santos Avenue and White Plains Avenue in Quezon City, the President said it was high time Filipinos drop the cycle of “falling and rising” when dealing with adversaries threatening to disrupt their way of life in order to achieve success.

“Ang naiisip ko nga po minsan, parang nawili na tayo sa siklo ng pagbagsak at pagtindig, na tila ba hindi natin matanggap na maaari tayong dumiretso at umasenso, nang hindi muling nagagalusan, nang hindi muling naaapi, nang hindi muling nasasaktan. Mahirap nga pong aminin: eksperto man tayo sa pagbangon, tila nagkukulang tayo sa pagsulong at pag-asenso,” the President said.

“Ngayong dalawampu’t pitong taon na tayong malaya mula sa tanikala ng diktadurya; ngayong nakaabante na tayo mula sa halos isang dekadang pagdausdos dahil sa pang-aabuso’t panlalamang ng nakalipas na pamahalaan– higit kailanman, dapat lamang na maikintal sa puso’t isip ng bawat isa: Hindi natatapos ang laban s

President Benigno S. Aquino III affixes his signature in the Pledge of Commitment Wall during the commemorative activities of the 27th Anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution at the People Power Monument in White Plains corner Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) on Monday (February 25). This year’s theme is “Pilipinas Natin, Abot Tanaw Na!”. The 1986 peaceful and bloodless uprising ousted the dictatorship and catapulted the late Corazon C. Aquino to the Presidency. (MNS photo)

a pagbangon,” he added.

He underscored the importance of Filipinos joining fellow Filipinos in unity saying that a strong and solid Filipino force could stand up against any and all obstacles in its path towards progress.

“Kaya nga po, ngayong nakatindig na muli tayo sa ating dalawang paa, sama-sama naman tayong humakbang pasulong sa tuluyang pag-asenso. Tapos na ang panahon kung kailan ang Pilipino ay kuntentong nakapako sa lokasyon, nag-aabang ng susunod na tutulak sa kanya, nakaantabay sa susunod na pagkadapa. Ngayong nakabangon na tayo, halina’t umusad na rin po tayo; halina’t akayin ang kapwa’t ituon ang paningin sa hinaharap; halina’t pagpagin ang mga agam-agam at dumiretso tungo sa katuparan ng ating mga pangarap,” the President said.

“Iyan po ang aral na handog sa atin ng EDSA: Ang rebolusyong nagsauli ng demokrasya ay siya ring inspirasyon natin ngayon upang idiretso ang pag-asenso’t pag-arangkada. Araw-araw po nating ipagdiwang ang dangal ng isang lahing hindi na muling babagsak, hindi na muling magpapaapi, hindi na lamang basta makukuntento sa kultura ng pagbangon; araw-araw po nating isapuso ang bagong kultura ng walang-dalawang-isip, walang-atubili, at walang-takot na pagsulong,” he added.

“Karapatan nating sumulong at umasenso. Obligasyon natin ang kaganapan nito,” he said.

Joining the President were Vice President Jejomar Binay, Cabinet members represented by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa and members of the Senate and House represented by Senator Franklin Drilon and House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte; respectively.

Prior to his speech, the President led the awarding of the Spirit of Edsa Foundation Awards (SOEFA), witnessed the presentation of a Pledge of Commitment by governors, and religious, business and youth representatives and the “Salubungan” rites depicting the occasion when the military, non-governmental organizations, religious, business, youth, government and basic sector representatives converged on EDSA to fight the dictator.

He was also accorded full military honors upon arriving at the venue. (MNS)

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