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Palace: EDSA spirit should not be affected by problems of key players in 1986 revolt

Posted On 2014 Feb 24
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Former President Fidel V. Ramos delivers his message before foreign dignitaries who attended the wreath laying ceremony on Monday (February 24, 2014) at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City on the commemoration of the 28th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution. (MNS photo)

Former President Fidel V. Ramos delivers his message before foreign dignitaries who attended the wreath laying ceremony on Monday (February 24, 2014) at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City on the commemoration of the 28th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution. (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The problems now facing key players in the 1986 EDSA Revolution should not change the sense of People Power among Filipinos, Malacañang said Saturday.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said EDSA “belongs to the people” and should not focus solely on the major players in the 1986 revolt.

“You know, EDSA belongs to the people. EDSA will never be affected by what the problems being faced by some of the players who are part of it because primarily EDSA belongs to the people,” she said on state-run dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.

She was referring to the charges against Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile, one of the lawmakers charged with plunder over the mess involving the Priority Development Assistance Fund.

The events leading to the peaceful revolt 28 years ago started on Feb. 22, when then Defense Minister Enrile and then Philippine Constabulary chief Fidel Ramos withdrew support for then President Ferdinand Marcos.

Enrile’s and Ramos’ actions triggered a series of events that catapulted the late Corazon Aquino, incumbent President Benigno Aquino III’s mother, to the presidency.

But Valte also said that for this year, the administration is “looking beyond” the historical context of the 1986 revolt to “recognize people who quietly kept the spirit of People Power alive” by standing by their fellow filipinos in times of need.

She said this was evident in the last quarter of 2013, when many Filipinos were affected by recent calamities including super Typhoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan).

“Hindi lang nabubuhay ang diwa ng EDSA tuwing Feb. 25 kundi buhay na buhay ang diwa ng EDSA kung dumarating ang pagsubok sa atin bilang sambayanan sa pagtulong natin sa kapuwa (The spirit of EDSA is alive not just on Feb. 25, but when we help fellow Filipinos in their hour of need),” she said. (MNS)

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