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HISTORIAN: MARTIAL LAW NEVER ABOUT AQUINOS, MARCOSES; IT'S ABOUT 'TRUTH AND LIES'
[COMMENTARY: TIME TO STOP THESE DIVISIVE EVENTS - EDSA and its celebrations have severely weakened Philippine nationalism]


FEBRUARY 22 -In this Jan. 2, 1986 file photo, opposition presidential candidate Corazon Aquino, third from left, her vice presidential running mate Salvador Laurel and supporters flash the traditional "L" sign for Laban, meaning "Fight!" as they stopped briefly at President Ferdinand Marcos' giant bust on Marcos Park in Ilocos. They held campaign rallies earlier at Marcos' Ilocos region. AP/Alberto Marquez
- Martial Law was never about the Aquinos and Marcoses, a history professor said on Tuesday night as he warned that the Philippines faces a "war on memory" which he believed was more serious than the government’s war on drugs. Jose Maria Tirol, a professor from Ateneo, cautioned Filipinos against thinking that martial law was about the battle of the Aquinos and the Marcoses for power. Speaking at the relaunch of the Primitivo Mijares’ book “Conjugal Dictatorship,” Tirol said that Martial Law was actually about truth and lies. “This is about truth and lies. This is the bottom line. This is about truth about memory and lies about memory. There is nothing ever in between,” the professor said. He said that this dark period in history should not be reduced a simple dichotomy between two political colors or family. READ MORE...RELATED, COMMENTARY -
TIME TO STOP THESE DIVISIVE EVENTS - EDSA and its celebrations have severely weakened Philippine nationalism...

ALSO:
Sara Duterte - EDSA means freedom from selective moral standards; lashes at CBCP "group of  delusional hypocrites"
[RELATED COMMENTARY: Bringing back Sin’s Edsa ‘ghost’?]


Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio in this Sept. 2016 photo talks to reporters after a bombing in her city. Davao City Information Office/Released 
Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio lashed out at a Catholic archbishop for saying that her father, the president, has "singlehandedly defaced the memory of the EDSA revolution." Duterte-Carpio offered a strong defense of President Rodrigo Duterte after Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas wrote an open letter to the late Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin. The mayor of Davao City labeled the archbishop "truly, madly, deeply worse than a hundred President Dutertes." She also lectured to the prelate on what freedom and EDSA meant. "You preach about freedom as if you invented it, as if it is your gift to us. Let me tell you what freedom is. It is to live a life that is free from your selective moral standard. This is what the meaning of EDSA is," she said. The younger Duterte said that her father understood the 1986 revolution and its significance. "My father perfectly understood what the spirit of EDSA is, otherwise, he would not have told me to never forget that night of 31 years ago. And I now believe that he understands it better than you do," Duterte-Carpio said in a Facebook post. READ MORE...RELATED, COMMENTARY: Bringing back Sin’s Edsa ‘ghost’?...

ALSO: 'Duterte never really part of anti-Marcos movement' -Former senator


FEBRUARY 22 -This year's simple commemoration of the 1986 People Power Revolution should not come as a surprise because President Rodrigo Duterte was never part of the anti-Marcos movement, according to former Sen. Rene Saguisag. Philstar.com/ AJ Bolando, File  The government’s decision to hold a subdued anniversary celebration of the EDSA People Power Revolution should not come as a surprise considering that President Rodrigo Duterte was not really part of the opposition during the time of the Marcos regime, former Sen. Rene Saguisag said. Saguisag said that he never heard of any “Atty. Digong Duterte” who was part of the resistance movement from 1972 to 1986 even if his mother was a member of it. “That is unfortunate but it’s not unexpected. Pero I never heard of Atty. Digong Duterte. He was not part of the opposition nun the mother was. Among the many prominent lawyers from Davao, not a word we heard about him,” Saguisag said. Malacañang earlier announced that the rites commemorating the 31st anniversary of the 1986 People Power Revolution would be “very simple and very quiet.” READ MORE...

ALSO: Tagging DU30 ‘new Macoy’, comparison too broad and ‘uncalled for’ — Palace
[RELATED: No Edsa closures, rerouting despite scheduled gatherings]


FEBRUARY 23 -CNN FILE: Duterte hopes people forgive Ferdinand Marcos  President Rodrigo Duterte (L), former President Ferdinand Marcos (R) Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — President Rodrigo Duterte said Friday that he hopes Filipinos would forgive the late President Ferdinand Marcos following Marcos' sudden burial at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani earlier in the day.By VJ Bacungan, CNN Philippines Updated 20:35 PM PHT Fri, November 18, 2016 14 (File photo)
Malacañang yesterday said it respects former Sen. Rene Saguisag, but criticized the veteran human rights lawyer for branding President Rodrigo Duterte as the “new Macoy,” referring to late strongman Ferdinand Marcos whose iron rule was ended by people power. Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella noted that Mr. Duterte being dubbed with that monicker was “uncalled for.” “Senator Saguisag has emotional ties to these things and, you know, we’re notdowngrading that. I’m just saying that he also feels very strongly and perhaps he wants it (Edsa) to be celebrated in a more grandiose way,” he told a news conference. “Whether he is the ‘new Macoy,’ the President is the ‘new Macoy,’ you know, I think the comparison is too broad and uncalled for.” READ MORE...RELATED, No Edsa closures, rerouting despite scheduled gatherings...

ALSO: Pro-Rody, anti-Du30 set to clash on Edsa day; EDSA yellows in Quezon City, admin's at Luneta


FEBRUARY 23 -Pro and anti Duterte demonstrations are set on February 25 and a clash for “people power”numbers may just occur, although the Edsa yellows will be at the Edsa rites in Quezon City, while the pro-Duterte demonstrations will be held at the Luneta, with a Rock Concert. The pro-Rody crowd is expected to be massive, as supporters from Mindanao as well as Luzon, are expected to join in. The Mayor Rodrigo Duterte-National Executive Coordinating Committee (MRRD-NECC) will hold a two-day mobilization in Luneta starting on February 24. The same group that campaigned for Mr. Duterte in last year’s polls, composed of top government officials from different agencies, calls its rally the “People’s Support for Duterte’s War on Drugs, Criminality and Corruption.” It will be a show of force as its organizers, in a text message blast to journalists, said that “at least one million” are expected to attend the Luneta rally.  READ MORE...

ALSO: Tagle calls on all Manila parishes to mark EDSA anniversary on Saturday
("Please incorporate the examination of personal and communal consciences, formation of conscience and repentance. Confessions and penitentiary services are also appropriate," Tagle said.)
[RELATED: Palace - Duterte not attending EDSA anniversary but may pull a 'surprise']


FEBRUARY 24 -Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle has called on all parishes in his archdiocese to mark the 31st anniversary of the EDSA Revolution on February 25.
Tagle made the call after Malacañang chose to mark anniversary of People Power in scaled down rites inside Camp Aguinaldo on February 24, instead of on February 25. "As we join the whole Church in the Philippines in celebrating the Year of the Parish, I invite all parishes to a simple commemoration of EDSA People Power," Tagle said in his Circular No. 2017-08 dated February 23 and sent to parishes in Manila. He called on parishes and basic ecclesiastical communities to organize public prayer events such as processions, rosary rallies, prayer worship "that you find appropriate." "Please incorporate the examination of personal and communal consciences, formation of conscience and repentance. Confessions and penitentiary services are also appropriate," Tagle said. "We give every parish the freedom to plan and organize its commemoration with simplicity but depth. What is important is the space offered for a religious experience that could transform our parishioners on the ground," he added. READ MORE ...RELATED, Palace - Duterte not attending EDSA anniversary but may pull a 'surprise'...


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Historian: Martial Law never about Aquinos, Marcoses


In this Jan. 2, 1986 file photo, opposition presidential candidate Corazon Aquino, third from left, her vice presidential running mate Salvador Laurel and supporters flash the traditional "L" sign for Laban, meaning "Fight!" as they stopped briefly at President Ferdinand Marcos' giant bust on Marcos Park in Ilocos. They held campaign rallies earlier at Marcos' Ilocos region. AP/Alberto Marquez

MANILA, FEBRUARY 27, 2017 (PHILSTAR) By Audrey Morallo February 22, 2017 - Martial Law was never about the Aquinos and Marcoses, a history professor said on Tuesday night as he warned that the Philippines faces a "war on memory" which he believed was more serious than the government’s war on drugs.

Jose Maria Tirol, a professor from Ateneo, cautioned Filipinos against thinking that martial law was about the battle of the Aquinos and the Marcoses for power.

Speaking at the relaunch of the Primitivo Mijares’ book “Conjugal Dictatorship,” Tirol said that Martial Law was actually about truth and lies.

“This is about truth and lies. This is the bottom line. This is about truth about memory and lies about memory. There is nothing ever in between,” the professor said.

He said that this dark period in history should not be reduced a simple dichotomy between two political colors or family.

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Neither should you reduce martial law to a dichotomy.

The mistake that is being done is it’s being reduced to dilawan vs this is not about Aquinos and Marcoses.

He said that as a country the Philippines has “national Alzheimer’s,” and this has allowed some sectors with their own interests to twist history especially the events during the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos.

“Even if you remember some, you will automatically remember it in a certain way. That is what’s happening today. Social memory is very malleable. Sometimes it can be twisted,” Tirol said. “If you look at our history gone or taught, it has been twisted many times. And never has it been twisted so much as what happened last year,” referring to the 2016 elections and the clandestine burial of Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

“Social memory is very malleable, and what we have right now there are two wars in the country: one is the war on drugs and the bigger one actually the more long-term one is the war on memory. It is terrible war on memory,” Tirol said.

Tirol also called on the youth to refrain from treating Martial Law as an “insignificance” by referring to is a “thingy.”

He also emphasized the need for people to know the truth.

“History is about narrative an ongoing narrative an ongoing discourse. If you do not know the truth, you cannot discourse. If you do not know the truth, people up there who claim the truth will take over and win that discourse and what will happen to you? History is about our story,” the professor said.

Why 'move on'?

Maria Serena Diokno, former chairperson of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), criticized the government for saying that people should move on, saying such a view disregarded the importance of history in the present and the future.

She was referring to the statement of Ernesto Abella, the presidential spokesperson, who said: “It’s time to move on from just celebrating the past, remembering the past and to move on into the whole aspect of nation building, to give it a more positive outlook and… a more positive understanding.”

Malacañang announced several days ago that the 31st anniversary of the People Power Revolution would be “very simple and very quiet.”

READ: EDSA revolt rites to be ‘simple, quiet’

Instead, Diokno said that we as a nation should squarely face its past.

“You want to move on? Harapin mo ang nangyari. Hindi mo yan tatalikuran. Harapin mo ng buong-buo. You cannot diminish it, you cannot ignore it, you cannot silence it,” said Diokno, daughter of human rights fighter and former Sen. Jose Diokno.

Diokno said that people insisting on moving on might be concealing something.

Diokno resigned as chairperson of NHCP after the government allowed the interment of the remains of dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Following the decision of the Supreme Court stating that there was impediment to the burial of the late strongman, Marcos was clandestinely buried at the Libingan in November last year.

Passing on history

Rene Saguisag, a former senator, said that it was important for people to read books such as “Conjugal Dictatorship” for them to know what really transpired from 1972 to 1986.

“Sabi nga ni George Santayana, ‘A nation without memory is a nation of madmen.’ More popular of what he said, ‘Those who don’t remember the past are condemned to repeat it.’ We don’t want to have to go through that again,” Saguisag said.

He said that the youth of today had the responsibility to continue the fight they started during martial law.

“We have to pass on the torch to the younger ones. Kaya kayong mga kabataan we are passing the torch to you,” he said.

Joseph Christopher Mijares-Gurango, grandson of Primitivo Mijares, said that "Conjugal Dictatorship" could help the youth know what happened during martial law because of the insider accounts it offers.

"As an insider account, it’s the only one out there that of its kind. In it, he incriminates, he tells of a story. He was in a special position because of how much Marcos trusted him. He was also writing all of the lies," Gurango said.

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MANILA TIMES COMMENTARY

TIME TO STOP THESE DIVISIVE EVENTS - EDSA and its celebrations have severely weakened Philippine nationalism BY RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO ON FEBRUARY 24, 2017 OPINION ON PAGE ONE


RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO

THERE are several factors that explain our people’s weak sense of nationalism, among them: a foreign-descended ruling class that doesn’t identify with the mostly ethnic Malay masses; the US colonizers’ successful brainwashing of the elite and the middle class that they are America’s little brown brothers, resulting in massive migration to America; and the ideological hegemony of neoliberal dogma that modern man is, and must be, global citizens and no longer citizens of a nation.

However, the toppling of Marcos in 1986, glorified as a People Power Revolution, accentuated these factors, and may even in fact have killed Filipinos’ sense of nationalism.

Nationalism is essentially the belief (and intellectual conclusion) that in this day and age, the most important organization a human is a member of is not the family and clan, not the corporation, not the party, not even the church. Rather it is this modern association we call the nation. Whether we and our descendants (who stay here) live in misery or happiness, depends on how well that organization–the nation–is run.

In turn, how well it is run to a great extent depends on its unity, the strength of its members’ feeling of “togetherness”.

Much of the strength of nationalism in Asian countries that led to their economic prosperity in the post-war era was ironically the result of the Cold War, the real or perceived threat by the Soviets and China to take over countries using the communist party proxies: South Korea against the then USSR- and then China-controlled North; Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia against the threat of a communist takeover in the 1960s; Kuomintang-controlled Taiwan against the communist victors in the mainland. There was a reverse phenomenon though: Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos steeled their nationalism in their heroic fight against the US imperialists.

We didn’t have in the modern era such episodes on the same scale—the Soviet-backed Huk rebellion the 1950s lasted only a few years—when we had to unite or perish.


WHERE’S THE PHILIPPINE FLAG? The EDSA Shrine is a huge religious icon, while the past President’s de facto flag was the yellow ribbon, derived from that American pop song.

Worse, the EDSA uprising worsened our divisions, thereby weakening our people’s nationalism.

Despite the lip service to the power of the people as the force behind EDSA, the brainwashing was really that it was due to the heroism of a few individuals and the anti-Marcos clans: Ninoy and Cory Aquino, Fidel V. Ramos, and Juan Ponce Enrile (maybe even Gregorio Honasan who lost his heroic shine though when he went against Cory) as well as the heroic Lopez and Osmeña oligarchs.

Message drummed

The message had been drummed into Filipinos’ minds that without the heroism of these individuals, there wouldn’t have been an EDSA.

Such glorification of these “heroes” obviously isn’t too convincing. So, an additional, even more important, explanation was necessary, easily believed by a superstitious Catholic nation: It was Mama Mary who mobilized Cardinal Sin and the hundreds of nuns carrying Virgin Mary statuettes.

She was responsible for the liberation of the Philippines from dictatorship. Indeed, we are so blessed that while the Mother of God wouldn’t intervene in the killing of seven million Jews in the Holocaust, the genocide of one million Indonesians by Suharto’s forces, the hundreds of millions killed in the wars and famines in Asia and Africa in the modern era, she made sure the EDSA uprising was almost bloodless.

The monument to the EDSA revolt is not that one near Camp Aguinaldo built in 1993 by renowned sculptor the late Eduardo Castrillo, which shows anonymous demonstrators of the uprising, led by Lady Freedom.

It is the ”EDSA Shrine” fronting the Robinson’s mall, with its huge statue of the Virgin Mary, which Cardinal Sin ordered built in 1989.

This of course propagates in modern form the mammoth deception our Spanish colonizers promoted, which made the natives docile, allowing them to rule the country for four centuries.

This is the fiction that our togetherness as a people is because of our membership in a Kingdom of God, with His proxy in this temporal world, the Catholic Church. The lie has even been smuggled into our language: “sambayanan” which is a word for “the whole nation. It originally was the “Samba ng Bayan,” meaning “Worship by the People,” which is what the Spanish friars called the weekly assembly of the natives to hear mass in the town (bayan), which grew around the church, constructed through the natives’ unpaid labor and materials. (The church also functioned as a fortification, impenetrable to raiding Moros or rebelling indios.)

EDSA thus propagates the fiction that our togetherness as a people is not because we have created a nation-state, but because we are members of a Church, and its Goddess was even responsible for toppling the dictator. Any religious fiction requires a Devil since without a Satan it is really difficult for people to believe in a God. In the EDSA case, the Devil is Marcos.

Denial of the nation

The denial of the nation by EDSA and its believers is very well demonstrated by its symbol: the Yellow Ribbon, the idea of Cory’s PR advisers from the US and derived from an American folk song about a convict returning to his hometown.

Under Cory, Ramos, and Noynoy Aquino, the Philippine flag—which is the symbol of our nation—has been relegated as a secondary banner: the nation has been dismissed as unimportant.

EDSA rulers and proponents have rejected the necessity of uniting the nation, and healing the wounds of the past. They even refuse to accept the indisputable fact, proven by Bongbong Marcos’ victory—that is, if he had not been cheated in the 2016 vice-presidential race–that vast swathes of the country, especially the Ilocano-speaking provinces, believe that while he may have had his mistakes, even major ones, with his biggest error his refusal to step down when he became terminally ill, Marcos was in the main a good President.

With the country ruled by three Yellow Presidents — Cory, Ramos, and Aquino III in 18 of the past 30 years, who have all propagated the false EDSA spirit, our country remains divided, and Filipinos’ nationalism on the brink of extinction.

This is in contrast to what happened in many nationalistic nations that toppled strongmen.

Park Chung-hee ruled South Korea for 17 years until his assassination in 1979. Suharto, after ruling Indonesia for 33 years, fell in 1998 in the wake of massive student demonstrations. Lech Walesa during a visit to the Philippines told Corazon Aquino that the movement that overthrew the communists in Poland in 1989 was “inspired” by the People Power uprising she led in 1986. Nicolae Ceaușescu, who ruled Romania with an iron fist for 42 years, fell in 1989 and was even executed, together with his wife.

No EDSA monuments

Do any of these countries have their versions of an EDSA monument and a holiday in which they celebrate the downfall of their strongmen, who are demonized? No.

Even the US doesn’t celebrate the Union’s victory in the Civil War, and Americans do not demonize heroes of the Confederacy such as President Jefferson Davies and its famous generals, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. The Socialist Republic of Vietnam refers to its victory over the US-backed regime in the South simply as “National Reunification Day.”

Why don’t these very nationalistic countries have celebrations such as our EDSA?

Because they know that for a country to be strong, it has to be united, and it can only be united if it moves on, and puts aside what divided it in the past. These nations have learned to just let the historians judge their fallen strongmen, and not to demonize them, as the Yellow Cult continues to do so. The leaders of Russia and China today have let historians write books about their ruthless strongmen Stalin and Mao Zedong, rather than demonizing them in state events—because doing so would only be divisive of their nations.

Such a stance is necessary for building the nation since these dictators, precisely because they managed to rule as strongmen for years, represented major sections of the nation.

It is time, and it is necessary for us to develop our nationalism and stop these divisive EDSA celebrations.


PHILSTAR

Sara Duterte: EDSA means freedom from selective moral standards By Audrey Morallo (philstar.com) | Updated February 24, 2017 - 3:36pm 4 312 googleplus0 0


Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio in this Sept. 2016 photo talks to reporters after a bombing in her city. Davao City Information Office/Released

MANILA, Philippines — Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio lashed out at a Catholic archbishop for saying that her father, the president, has "singlehandedly defaced the memory of the EDSA revolution."

Duterte-Carpio offered a strong defense of President Rodrigo Duterte after Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas wrote an open letter to the late Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin.

The mayor of Davao City labeled the archbishop "truly, madly, deeply worse than a hundred President Dutertes."

She also lectured to the prelate on what freedom and EDSA meant.

"You preach about freedom as if you invented it, as if it is your gift to us. Let me tell you what freedom is. It is to live a life that is free from your selective moral standard. This is what the meaning of EDSA is," she said.

The younger Duterte said that her father understood the 1986 revolution and its significance.

"My father perfectly understood what the spirit of EDSA is, otherwise, he would not have told me to never forget that night of 31 years ago. And I now believe that he understands it better than you do," Duterte-Carpio said in a Facebook post.

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The Davao mayor painted a dark picture of the country before her father became president. She said that since 1986 until seven months ago, the Philippines had been hounded by corruption, crime, territorial wars of gangs and drug lords, extrajudicial killings, narco-politics, terrorism, protracted rebellion, abuse of power in government, political bickering and entry of foreign mafias.

"It surely did not start when President Duterte took office," she said.

Villegas recently penned an open letter to his mentor, Sin. In it, he criticized the past eight months of the present administration that saw more than 7,000 people killed in the name of its war on drugs.

"Four days of bloodless revolution! Wow! Now 8 months of relentless killings of the poor in the name of 'change'! It is a nightmare, Your Eminence! It is a shame," Villegas said in the letter.

Villegas also lamented the seeming political rehabilitation and resurgence of the Marcoses, whose patriarch, Ferdinand, was toppled from power in the 1986 revolution.

Villegas said: "The dictator ousted by People Power is now buried among heroes. The Lady of 1,200 pairs of shoes is now Representative in Congress. History books are rewritten. Historical memory is revised. The hero is a villain. The plunderers are now heroes."

The Davao City mayor blamed the Catholic church for her father's popularity.

"He won the presidency precisely because you ignored what was wrong with this world. All you desired was to put into power a leader who walks and talks like you -- someone who is definitely not Rodrigo Duterte," Duterte-Carpio said.

Without mentioning anyone, she said: "When your friend failed as a president, I cannot remember you calling it the rape of EDSA. You just swept it under your glitzy rugs and you moved on, back to business -- back to acting as if you can save us all from hell."

President Duterte's predecessor, Benigno Aquino III, had a rocky relationship with the Catholic Church, especially over the passage of the Reproductive Health bill. Aquino and his allies also criticized the church for a perceived silence when Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, whom the Aquino administration imprisoned on graft and electoral fraud charges, was president.

Duterte has been criticized for alleged abuses of human rights, especially in his administration's war on drugs. Around 7,000 killings, both in police operations and by alleged vigilante groups, are yet to be solved.

Cardinal Sin was instrumental in toppling two presidents, Marcos and convicted plunderer Joseph Estrada. He was the archbishop of Manila for three decades and was seen by some as the moral compass of the country when he was still alive.

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Bringing back Sin’s Edsa ‘ghost’? Written by Ninez Cacho-Olivares Friday, 24 February 2017 00:00


VILLEGAS

Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines president Lingayen Archbishop Socrates Villegas knows that he has very little clout — if at all — in doing an Edsa style call of Cardinal Jaime Sin.

And so, he now tries to bring back the ghost of Edsa I, by writing a letter to Sin, although Sin is hardly going to receive that letter. But it is all for show done by the Lingayen Archbishop.

The letter to Sin speaks of the Archbishop baring the “nightmare” the nation has been experiencing the past eight months.

Less than a year under the Duterte administration, Villegas said many people in poverty have been killed “in the name of change,” while the history on Martial Law is being revised.

“It is a nightmare Your Eminence! It is a shame,” Villegas said.

“History books are rewritten. Historical memory is revised. The hero is a villain. The plunderers are now heroes,” Villegas said.

Does Villegas really believe that, through his publicity of a letter with no where to go, he by invoking Sin, can bring bring back the ‘ghost of Edsa’ and the role Sin played in 1986, while clothing himself in that same role?

Villegas won’t be able to even come close to success in calling on the people to gather at Edsa and oust Rody, the democratically elected president.

For one, even as he claims to bleed for the poor who are being killed under this regime and its war on drugs, Villegas appears to conveniently forget that it was he, at Edsa, who had shooed away mercilessly the poor and downtrodden who were at Edsa, calling for the constitutional wrong these yellows committed to be made right.

Yet what did this Archbishop say to the poor? Did he not call them smelly, the toothless and close to calling them the scum of the earth, so much so that he said the smelly and toothless poor are not fit and deserving to be at Edsa as the Edsa shrine was “hallowed grounds.”

That’s how much he loves the poor. And that is a historical truth.

He also does not state in his letter to his mentor, the late Jaime Cardinal Sin, that the Cardinal then, lost all his clout in getting people to go to Edsa the second time around. Cory Aquino was with him too, as they were trying to get the Filipinos to protect the new regime they had installed, unconstitutionally again as the supporters of the deposed president, Joseph Estrada were laying siege to Malacañang.

And Estrada’s supporters at Edsa were far more in numbers than those yellows and their allies at Edsa ll, which is not even celebrated.

Few, if any heeded the Sin-Aquino call, so much so that they had to tell the Filipinos to stay home and pray instead.

As for Sin and other clerics, they shut their doors on the supporters of Estrada who were being beaten and shot at by military and police snipers from Malacañang. That’s how much these hypocritical bishops, cardinals and other priests, who invoke their love for the poor even as they shoo them away.

It is history that has been rewritten by the Yellows and their allies.

Two days before the 31st anniversary of the 1986 Edsa People Power, Villegas told Sin that questions now linger on whether the nation should still celebrate the historic uprising.

Said he: “Thirty one years after Edsa 1986, I hear our people ask: What shall we celebrate? What is there to celebrate? By the corner of Edsa and Ortigas, I want to sit and weep as I remember the four glorious days of February 1986 now dimmed,” Villegas said, adding that “the glory achieved by the four-day bloodless revolt now “flickers in the darkness of fear and terror again. The songs of peace now drowned by the cuss words of hate that invite murder.”

Villegas is being overly dramatic, stating that the the bloodless Edsa l revolt has been stained by the blood in our streets and street gutters. The statistics of unresolved murder continues to rise and not a single one has been investigated and brought to justice,” Villegas said.

Villegas had better look around in his backyard and check on all the priests and even bishops who have engaged in pedophilia and those who had sexually abused women, living in sin with women from their parishes and having children to boot.

Have they been penalized for their sins? Have these sexual abusers been investigated at all and thrown in jail?

And more importantly, has the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines president charged these abusive and sexually depraved clerics before the courts of law, instead of keeping all these wrongs committed under wraps? Why should they be protected while Villegas and his priest be so judgmental in calling those whom they call their foes murderers and plunderers?

Villegas, in his letter, asked Sin whether he experienced discouragement in overthrowing an “unbeatable foe” since the nation has been struggling to fight for what is right.

What is right for Villegas, is constitutionally and democratically wrong. And yes, Rody Duterte is their unbeatable foe. Majority of the Filipinos support him, not Villegas, and not the Church and not the yellows.

The ghost of Edsa cannot be revived.


TRIBUNE EDITORIAL WRITER


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'Duterte never really part of anti-Marcos movement' By Audrey Morallo (philstar.com) | Updated February 22, 2017 - 3:04pm 2 138 googleplus0


This year's simple commemoration of the 1986 People Power Revolution should not come as a surprise because President Rodrigo Duterte was never part of the anti-Marcos movement, according to former Sen. Rene Saguisag. Philstar.com/ AJ Bolando, File

MANILA, Philippines — The government’s decision to hold a subdued anniversary celebration of the EDSA People Power Revolution should not come as a surprise considering that President Rodrigo Duterte was not really part of the opposition during the time of the Marcos regime, former Sen. Rene Saguisag said.


SAGUISAG

Saguisag said that he never heard of any “Atty. Digong Duterte” who was part of the resistance movement from 1972 to 1986 even if his mother was a member of it.

“That is unfortunate but it’s not unexpected. Pero I never heard of Atty. Digong Duterte. He was not part of the opposition nun the mother was. Among the many prominent lawyers from Davao, not a word we heard about him,” Saguisag said.

Malacañang earlier announced that the rites commemorating the 31st anniversary of the 1986 People Power Revolution would be “very simple and very quiet.”

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READ: EDSA revolt rites to be ‘simple, quiet’

“It’s time to move on from just celebrating the past, remembering the past and to move on into the whole aspect of nation building, to give it a more positive outlook and... a more positive understanding,” presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said.

Malacañang also announced a shift in theme from remembering to moving on. This year’s celebration’s theme is “A Day of Reflection: Celebrating People Power for Nation-building.”

Vice President Leni Robredo was saddened by the decision of the government, saying that the celebration deserves more than a simple and quiet commemoration.

READ: Palace allots P1 M for EDSA rites; Leni saddened

This year’s simple celebration comes months after the surreptitious burial of the remains of dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Despite protests from human rights groups and victims of martial law, Duterte still allowed the burial, arguing that since Marcos was a former president and commander in chief, he deserved to be interred there.

Duterte to skip EDSA rites?

Malacañang also announced that the celebration would be held at military headquarters Camp Aguinaldo and not at the People Power Monument as was done in the past.

The Palace, moreover, could not confirm the chief executive’s attendance in the commemoration.

“Well, I suppose so… I haven’t heard anything to the contrary,” Abella replied when asked if Duterte would show up at the event.

For Saguisag, however, it will neither be a surprise if Duterte decides to skip the celebrations.

“Siya ang nagdala sa libingan ng mga bayani without changing the name. Dahil 'yun nga wala siya dun sa movement ng anti-dictatorship. One of the first things he did was to move the remains. Kaya salamat sa kanya nabuhay itong anti-Marcos, anti-dictatorship movement,” Saguisag said at the relaunch of the book “Conjugal Dictatorship.”


ROSALES

Former human rights commissioner Etta Rosales offered a different explanation for Duterte’s possible non-attendance. She said that probably the president didn’t feel happy because Marcos, a person he admired, was ousted by the Filipino people.

“If he doesn’t go to Camp Aguinaldo, medyo halatang-halata na siguro na talagang ayaw niya makibahagi sa isang national recognition,” she said. Rosales said that the government should be celebrating instead of reflecting on the lessons of the Edsa Revolution.

She said that the peaceful uprising that toppled Marcos resulted in the ratification and promulgation of the 1987 Constitution should be a cause for celebration.

“We have been reflecting over the past 40 years. Right now we should be celebrating and we should celebrate the voice of the people,” she said.

“The Edsa Revolution was the will of the people and the people’s aspirations were written in a framework called the 1987 Constitution which was ratified by some 76 percent of the entire population. That in fact should be celebrated and should be made known to our people,” she added.


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Tagging DU30 ‘new Macoy’ ‘uncalled for’ — Palace Written by Tribune Wires Friday, 24 February 2017 00:00


CNN FILE: Duterte hopes people forgive Ferdinand Marcos  President Rodrigo Duterte (L), former President Ferdinand Marcos (R) Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — President Rodrigo Duterte said Friday that he hopes Filipinos would forgive the late President Ferdinand Marcos following Marcos' sudden burial at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani earlier in the day.By VJ Bacungan, CNN Philippines Updated 20:35 PM PHT Fri, November 18, 2016 14 (File photo)

Malacañang yesterday said it respects former Sen. Rene Saguisag, but criticized the veteran human rights lawyer for branding President Rodrigo Duterte as the “new Macoy,” referring to late strongman Ferdinand Marcos whose iron rule was ended by people power.

Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella noted that Mr. Duterte being dubbed with that monicker was “uncalled for.”

“Senator Saguisag has emotional ties to these things and, you know, we’re notdowngrading that. I’m just saying that he also feels very strongly and perhaps he wants it (Edsa) to be celebrated in a more grandiose way,” he told a news conference.

“Whether he is the ‘new Macoy,’ the President is the ‘new Macoy,’ you know, I think the comparison is too broad and uncalled for.”

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Saguisag, who served as Corazon “Cory” Aquino’s spokesman, has expressed disappointment over the “simple and quiet” commemoration of the 1986 Edsa People Power Revolution, saying it was not surprising if Duterte acts like Marcos.

“Why will you ignore that? But that is their right because Duterte is the new Macoy (Marcos). So it’s not surprising at all,” Saguisag was quoted he told a television interview.

Malacañang has earlier said it will only hold a low-key celebration of the Edsa People Power which led to the ouster of Marcos.

Abella stressed the government is not necessarily “downgrading” this year’s celebrations.

“I don’t know if you call it downgrading. It simply is a different style. You know, different strokes, different folks,” he added.

The Palace official also confirmed that Mr. Duterte will not attend the Edsa anniversary rites in Camp Aguinaldo on Friday, saying the Chief Executive has other matters to deal with in Davao City.

“I think (the President) has some surprise for that day… But if you are asking what he will be doing (on Friday), there’s going to be the Bangsamoro Transition thing in Davao,” Abella said.

While Armed Forces of the Philippines-Public Affairs Office chief Col. Edgard Arevalo said the military will conduct simple rites and activities in honor of the people power revolt, he stressed that which is important is that the AFP is showing its solidarity with the people on this important historical occasion for Filipinos.

Remain loyal to Constitution


SERENO CNN FILE PHOTO

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, meanwhile, reminded Filipinos that the Constitution remains the “North Star” of the judiciary as the nation marks the 31st anniversary of people power.

“The judiciary is here to serve justice in the role it has been given by this Constitution, which is to convict only on the basis of the evidence, to rule according to law, to give no man favors and to harbor no malice toward any,” Sereno told reporters yesterday after the launching Governance in Justice program of European Union event at the Manila Hotel.

Sereno recalled that the 1987 Constitution came at the end of the Edsa revolt.

She pointed out that the Charter, which was ratified by 16,622,111 affirmative votes, provided “a rich and fertile ground for the rule of law to be nourished, to grow and to bear fruit.”

“This it did with a renewed focus on human rights and civil liberties, an emphasis on sovereignty, and institutional protection for the independence of the judiciary,” she stressed.

During the 30th anniversary of the ratification of the Constitution last February 2, Sereno emphasized on the historical value of the Constitution as “backbone for the new democracy ushered in by the force of the People Power Revolt of 1986 that ended the Marcos dictatorship.”

“We in the Supreme Court and the judiciary today re-commit ourselves to the task of allowing our people to realize their hopes and aspirations of a society that is more just, humane, and equal by ensuring that the courts are firm, fair and free,” she said.

Sereno made no mention of specific issues involving the current state of affairs, but assured the public that the High Court is always ready to settle constitutional questions.

“The Court is there and watchful, but waiting to act only on the basis of justiciable controversies already filed before them,” Sereno stressed. Ted Tuvera and PNA

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No Edsa closures, rerouting despite scheduled gatherings Philippine Daily Inquirer / 08:14 PM February 24, 2017

There will be no road closures nor rerouting of vehicles along Edsa on Saturday despite several scheduled protests and rallies in commemoration of the 31st anniversary of People Power revolt, according to the Quezon City Police District (QCPD).

However, the QCPD has advised motorists to expect heavy or slow traffic movement when passing through certainareas, particularly near Santolan, Ortigas, and White Plains.

Motorists are encouraged to take alternate routes to avoid inconvenience.

A number of groups from different sectors are expected to converge in Edsa beginning Saturday morning, with programs running up to midnight. –Jhesset O. Eñano /atm


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Pro-Rody, anti-Du30 set to clash on Edsa day Written by Ted Tuvera Thursday, 23 February 2017 00:00



Pro and anti Duterte demonstrations are set on February 25 and a clash for “people power”numbers may just occur, although the Edsa yellows will be at the Edsa rites in Quezon City, while the pro-Duterte demonstrations will be held at the Luneta, with a Rock Concert.

The pro-Rody crowd is expected to be massive, as supporters from Mindanao as well as Luzon, are expected to join in.

The Mayor Rodrigo Duterte-National Executive Coordinating Committee (MRRD-NECC) will hold a two-day mobilization in Luneta starting on February 24.

The same group that campaigned for Mr. Duterte in last year’s polls, composed of top government officials from different agencies, calls its rally the “People’s Support for Duterte’s War on Drugs, Criminality and Corruption.”

It will be a show of force as its organizers, in a text message blast to journalists, said that “at least one million” are expected to attend the Luneta rally.

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Left-wing and yellow groups, for their part, are set to do a commemoration protest on the 31st anniversary of the Edsa uprising near the People Power monument at the corner of EDSA and White Plains Avenue in Quezon City.

While some yellows are calling for Mr. Duterte’s ouster, the leftist Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) will protest the President’s lenient attitude toward the legacy of the movement that ousted strongman Ferdinand Marcos in 1986.

Amid the reds’ and the yellows’ ideological rift, the common cause of opposition, however, is the President’s war on illegal drugs that has killed more than 7,000 individuals since Mr. Duterte became President.

Bayan secretary general Renato Reyes, in a statement, appealed that the Philippine National Police (PNP) may not deploy trucks loaded with law enforcers since the Edsa commemoration is a celebration of a mass protest movement.

“This year’s protest should not be met with overkill police blockades like in previous year,” Reyes said.

“February 25 is a day reserved to remember people power, not a day to showcase fascist police power,” he added.


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Tagle calls on all Manila parishes to mark EDSA anniversary on Saturday Published February 24, 2017 7:45pm


Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle has called on all parishes in his archdiocese to mark the 31st anniversary of the EDSA Revolution on February 25.

Tagle made the call after Malacañang chose to mark anniversary of People Power in scaled down rites inside Camp Aguinaldo on February 24, instead of on February 25.

"As we join the whole Church in the Philippines in celebrating the Year of the Parish, I invite all parishes to a simple commemoration of EDSA People Power," Tagle said in his Circular No. 2017-08 dated February 23 and sent to parishes in Manila.

He called on parishes and basic ecclesiastical communities to organize public prayer events such as processions, rosary rallies, prayer worship "that you find appropriate."

"Please incorporate the examination of personal and communal consciences, formation of conscience and repentance. Confessions and penitentiary services are also appropriate," Tagle said.

"We give every parish the freedom to plan and organize its commemoration with simplicity but depth. What is important is the space offered for a religious experience that could transform our parishioners on the ground," he added.

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The Manila archdiocese played a major role in the EDSA Revolution of 1986 since it was then Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin who first called on Filipinos to mass up on EDSA after military leaders withdrew support from the dictator Marcos.

"Once more we commemorate EDSA People Power on February 25, 2017. Just like any great events, it has many aspects with various levels of meaning. For us in the Church, it was an event of people relying on their faith for social transformation," Tagle said.

"In full view of the world the Filipino people showed the power of prayer that begets courage that begets solidarity that begets change," he added.

"Thirty-one years later we thank God for the gift of faith, as we also ask pardon for our personal and communal failure in consistently living that faith in justice, love and peace," Tagle said.

Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Archbishop Socrates Villegas earlier decried the attempts to “prostitute the meaning of EDSA.”

"For EDSA is not about the enemies of peace and democracy but the faith and bravery of a people who called upon the Lord in their distress and whose cry the Lord has heard from heaven. EDSA is our people’s cry and our God’s loving reply," Villegas said in a letter he wrote to the Sin.

"You were firm to remind me even from your sickbed that EDSA is heroic courage and will always be. What the pimps of that spirit have done cannot remove the purity of EDSA’s valor and the nobility of its lesson. The EDSA spirit is pure worth celebrating always. It is people who have raped it," he added. —Anna Felicia Bajo/NB, GMA News

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Palace: Duterte not attending EDSA anniversary but may pull a 'surprise' By Alexis Romero (philstar.com) | Updated February 23, 2017 - 7:03pm 8 49 googleplus0 0


The first EDSA revolution toppled the 20-year rule of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Philstar.com/AJ Bolando, File photo

MANILA, Philippines - President Rodrigo Duterte is not expected to attend the 31st anniversary celebration of the 1986 People Power Revolution but may pull a “surprise” for the event, Malacañang said Thursday.

Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella confirmed that Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea would represent Duterte during the event in Camp Aguinaldo.

Asked if Duterte would be attending any event commemorating the EDSA revolt, Abella replied: “You know, I think he has some surprise for that.”

“But if you are asking what he will be doing tomorrow (February 24), there's going to be the Bangsamoro Transition thing in Davao,” he added.

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Abella was referring to the launching of the renewed effort to implement the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro in Davao City.

The 31st People Power anniversary would include the awarding of individuals from the military, religious groups and private sector who contributed to nation-building.

Malacañang had said that this year’s celebration would be "very simple and very quiet" and would stress the need to move forward towards nation-building.

Officials claimed that the toned down anniversary celebration had nothing to do with Duterte’s decision to allow the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Uncalled for Malacañang also frowned upon former Sen. Rene Saguisag’s statement that Duterte is the new “Macoy” (Marcos’ nickname) because of the simple EDSA anniversary rites.

Abella maintained that the administration is not downgrading the significance of the 1986 popular revolt.

“I don’t know if you call it downgrading. It simply is a different style. You know, different strokes, different folks,” he said.

“I’m just saying that he (Saguisag) also feels very strongly and perhaps he wants it to be celebrated in a more grandiose way. But going back to whether the president is the new Macoy, you know, I think, the comparison is too broad and uncalled for.”

Saguisag, who served as lawyer for human rights victims of the Marcos regime, previously said he was saddened by Malacañang’s decision to tone down the EDSA anniversary celebration, which he described as a “bright shining moment” that shocked and awed the whole world."


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