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ANTI-MARCOS PROTESTS MARK EDSA 31st RITES @ THE SHRINE JOINED BY PNoy-LED LP MEMBERS
[RELATED: SAYANG ANG EDSA 1 – GRINGO]

[RELATED(2): PROTESTORS IN BLACK - Black, not yellow, dominates Edsa]


FEBRUARY 25 -Groups representing different sectors converged at the People Power Monument on Feb. 25, 2016 to commemorate the 31st anniversary of the People Power Revolution. Twitter/Interaksyon  Anti-Marcos protesters on Saturday gathered to mark the 31st anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution which toppled the 20-year rule of former President Ferdinand Marcos. Protesters from various sectors and universities trooped at the People Power Monument near Camp Aguinaldo to decry the burial of the late dictator. The rallies started as early as 9 a.m. with the Block Marcos Movement staging a protest caravan from the monument going to the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City. Leftists groups, including Bayan and Coalition Against the Return of the Marcoses in Malacañang (CARMMA), together with students from various universities, joined the protests on Saturday afternoon to air their grievances against the Duterte administration. READ MORE....
RELATED, SAYANG ANG EDSA 1 – GRINGO...RELATED(2) PROTESTORS IN BLACK -Black, not yellow, dominates Edsa...

ALSO: Streets divided - 1M for DU30 are 'the masa', 5K on Edsa shrine are the 'yellows'. anti-Marcos
[RELATED: EDSA Disunited 31 years later]



ALSO: Rody skips Friday Edsa rites in Camp Aguinaldo, attended by FVR, JPE, Honasan, ex-VP Binay, reserved seat for ex-PNoy remained empty

 
[RELATED: No ‘EDSA jump,’ no confetti drop at 31st EDSA rites]


FEBRUARY 24 -A famous photo from the Edsa People Power Revolution 31 years ago: Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile (center) and Lt. Col. Gregorio Honasan (right) cross Edsa from Camp Aguinaldo to Camp Crame. Today, both are incumbent senators. —AP
President Rodrigo Duterte skipped the ceremony commemorating the 31st anniversary of the Edsa People Power Revolution at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City on Friday. Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said Duterte will instead be in Davao City to attend the re-launch of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro. The President ’s schedule released by Malacanang also showed that Duterte would be at the turnover of a drug rehabilitation facility in Davao del Norte. Instead of Duterte, Executive Seretary Salvador Medialdea was the guest of honor and speaker during the annual event at the military headquarters in Quezon City. Former President Fidel Ramos and former Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile, the two officials whose breakaway from the Marcos regime on Feb. 22, 1986 prompted the people power revolt, were present at the ceremony. Other prominent personalities seen at the event included former Vice President Jejomar Binay, Sen. Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan, former Rep. Jose Cojuangco, and former Interior Secretary Rafael Alunan.
READ MORE...RELATED,  No ‘EDSA jump,’ no confetti drop at 31st EDSA rites...

ALSO: Andanar at pro-Duterte rally - 'This is proof of the real People Power'
[RELATED: Noy
Aquino on EDSA 31 - 'Hindi pa tapos ang laban']


FEBERUARY 26 -Pro duterte vigil rally at Luneta -POSTERS say 'Love and Protect PRRD. No to destabilization' --President Rodrigo Duterte's supporters gather at Luneta Park on Saturday during a vigil backing the administration and its programs. Romeo Ranoco, Reuters
Communications Secretary Martin Andanar dubbed the gathering of President Rodrigo Duterte's supporters at Quirino Grandstand as the "real" People Power. "(Ito) ang patunay ng totoong People Power," he said in a speech before thousands of Duterte supporters on Saturday. "Ang People Power po ay hindi blue, red, dilaw, itim. Ang People Power po ay para sa lahat ng Pilipino." (This is proof of the real People Power. People Power isn't for the blue, red, yellow, black. People Power is for all Filipinos.) Thousands of Duterte supporters gathered at the Quirino Grandstand to show their support for the administration's war on illegal drugs. READ MORE... RELATED, Noy Aquino on EDSA 31: 'Hindi pa tapos ang laban'...

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Groups wearing yellow and black celebrate People Power Revolution's 31st anniversary
[RELATED: Thousands celebrate People Power Revolution's 31st anniversary attended by Aquinos]


FEBRUARY 25 -#EDSA 31 at the People Power Monument Photo: Jessica Bartolome
Several groups wearing yellow and black gathered at the People Power Monument to commemorate the 1986 people's revolt that restored democracy in the Philippines. Former President Benigno Aquino III, son of democracy icons late senator Benigno Aquino Jr. and former president Corazon Aquino, attended the gathering along with other members of the Liberal Party (LP). LP president Sen. Francis Pangilinan clarified in an interview at the gathering that the event was not an anti-Duterte movement, but a celebration of the democracy that the country still enjoys 31 years after the ouster of late strongman Ferdinand Marcos Sr. Police said the crowd at the People Power Monument peaked at 2,000. As of 9 p.m., only 700 people remained at the area. READ MORE... RELATED, Thousands celebrate People Power Revolution's 31st anniversary attended by Aquinos...

ALSO: Duterte supporters gather at Luneta, back war on drugs
[RELATED: 'Conjugal Dictatorship’ new edition to teach millennials about Martial Law]
[RELATED(2): Edsa’s ‘epic fail’ opens door to another dictatorship -Partido Kabataan]


President Rodrigo Duterte supporters gather during a vigil backing the anti-drugs crackdown at the Luneta Park. Romeo Ranoco, Reuters Thousands of supporters of President Duterte converged at the Quirino Grandstand on Saturday night to show their support for the president's war on drugs and other advocacies. Supporters from Manila and as far as Mindanao joined the gathering called "People's Support for Duterte's war against illegal drugs, poverty, and corruption." Manila police estimated the crowd to be at around 200,000 as of 7 p.m. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said the gathering shows that support for the president has not changed despite criticisms against his administration. "Ito ay tanda ng suporta mula nung nagkakampanya pa lang tayo ay hindi nagbago ang paghanga at pagsuporta ng mga Pilipino dito sa ating pangulo," Aguirre said. READ MORE.. RELATED,
'Conjugal Dictatorship’ new edition to teach millennials about Martial Law... RELATED(2) Edsa’s ‘epic fail’ opens door to another dictatorship -Partido Kabataan...


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Anti-Marcos protests mark EDSA 31st anniversary


FEBRUARY 25 -Groups representing different sectors converged at the People Power Monument on Feb. 25, 2016 to commemorate the 31st anniversary of the People Power Revolution. Twitter/Interaksyon

MANILA, FEBRUARY 27, 2017 (PHILSTAR) Updated February 25, 2017 - 5:15pm - Anti-Marcos protesters on Saturday gathered to mark the 31st anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution which toppled the 20-year rule of former President Ferdinand Marcos.

Protesters from various sectors and universities trooped at the People Power Monument near Camp Aguinaldo to decry the burial of the late dictator.

The rallies started as early as 9 a.m. with the Block Marcos Movement staging a protest caravan from the monument going to the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City.

Leftists groups, including Bayan and Coalition Against the Return of the Marcoses in Malacañang (CARMMA), together with students from various universities, joined the protests on Saturday afternoon to air their grievances against the Duterte administration.

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The burial of the late strongman was a campaign promise of President Rodrigo Duterte, who won in the elections with over 16 million votes.

Despite public opposition, Marcos was buried in a heroes' cemetery in November last year.

Meanwhile, several members of the Liberal Party (LP), particularly LP President Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan, Senators Paolo Benigno "Bam" Aquino IV, Risa Hontiveros, Senate President Pro-Tempore Franklin Drilon joined the protesters on Saturday afternoon.

Also present during the event was former President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III.

MEANWHILE ON FRIDAY INSIDE CAMP AGUINALDO...

WATCH SIMPLE EDSA 31 RITES AT CAMP AGUINALDO

 
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PANOORIN: Simpleng pagdiriwang sa anibersaryo ng 1986 People Power sa loob ng Camp Aguinaldo ABS-CBN News Posted at Feb 24 2017 10:31 PM


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Sa loob ng Camp Aguinaldo ipinagdiwang ang ika-31 anibersaryo ng EDSA People Power.

At sa kauna-unahang pagkakataon, walang naka-dilaw sa mga dumalo.

Hati naman ang opinyon ng mga personalidad ng EDSA sa nangyaring pinakasimpleng pagdiriwang sa kasaysayan ng People Power.
Nagpa-Patrol, Chiara Zambrano. TV Patrol, Biyernes, 24 Pebrero 2017

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Gringo on #EDSA31: Move on, face current problems Published February 24, 2017 1:28pm By ERWIN COLCOL, GMA News

Senator Gregorio ‘Gringo’ Honasan II is one with Malacañang in saying that Filipinos should start moving on from the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution, as it is more important to face the problems of today’s society.

“Dapat lang [na mag-move on]. ‘Yun ang ibig sabihin, sa tingin ko, ng ating pangulo. Kapag sinabing move on, harapin na natin ‘yung tunay na problema,” Honasan told reporters after Friday’s commemoration of the historic event in 1986.

“‘Wag tayong masyadong magbabad sa pulitika. Lalong nahahati-hati ‘yung bansa natin,” he added.

An Army colonel at the time, Honasan was one of those who played a vital role in the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution.

He, together with his comrades at the Reform the Armed Forces (later renamed Rebolusyonaryong Alyansang Makabansa), attempted to overthrow the administration of the late President Ferdinand Marcos.

He was the senior military aide of then-Defense Secretary Juan Ponce Enrile, who, together with then Armed Forces vice chief Lt. Gen. Fidel Ramos, had withdrew support from Marcos.

When the coup plot was uncovered, millions of civilians trooped to EDSA to protect Enrile, Honasan, and the revolutionaries from February 22 to 25, 1986.

Simple EDSA rites

In the same interview, Honasan also believes that a simple EDSA rites would do.

“Mas simple, mas mabuti. Wag na tayo gumastos nang sobra dahil andaming problemang kinakaharap, 'yung gutom, 'yung kawala ng hustisya, 'yung peace process,” he said.

“'Yung EDSA kasi was not more on [being] against anybody, kundi para sa pagbabago, para sa reporma,” he added.

On Thursday, Malacañang said the reason for having a “simple and quiet” EDSA rites was because “it’s time to move on from the past.”

“It's time to move on from just celebrating the past, remembering the past, and to move on to the whole aspect of nation-building to give it a more positive outlook, and give it a more positive understanding,” presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said. — RSJ, GMA News

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PROTESTORS IN BLACK: Black, not yellow, dominates Edsa By: Jhesset O. Enano - Reporter / @JhessetEnanoINQPhilippine Daily Inquirer / 08:13 PM February 25, 2017


Protesters, most of whom were clad in black, commemorate the 31st anniversary of the People Power Revolution on Edsa. JHESSET ENANO/INQUIRER

If it were not on Feb. 25, it would have been easy to mistake Saturday’s event at the People Power Monument at Edsa for just another mass action.

While previous People Power commemorations feature a sea of yellows seen in shirts and confettis, the protest action called “Power of We” Saturday’s featured more men and women, including both seniors and millennials, clad in black and bearing placards declaring their anger against former President Ferdinand Marcos and President Rodrigo Duterte.

Even past and present government officials ditched the signature yellow and attended the event in black, including former President Benigno Aquino III, Vice President Leni Robredo and Senators Bam Aquino, Franklin Drilon and Risa Hontiveros.

READ: Aquino, Robredo: 31 years after Edsa revolt, fight continues

None of the officials gave speeches to the crowd, which numbered to around 9,000 as of 7:30 p.m., according to the organizers.


Leni wears black, INQUIRER PHOTO

Robredo met with the rallyists and indulged in requests for selfies and photographs as people crowded and chanted her name.

In a brief interview with reporters, the Vice President thanked the protesters for taking their fight to the streets.

“It shows that even though it has been 31 years since, we have not yet forgotten the spirit and message of Edsa,” she said.

Robredo added, “It is a reminder that 31 years ago, we united to fight against violence. I hope we never forget that the people truly have the power.”

JC Mijares, grandson of Primitivo Mijares who wrote the controversial book, “The Conjugal Dictatorship,” said the relaunch of the book is important to teach the youth about the truths during martial law.

READ: Primitivo Mijares remembered in reprint of ‘Conjugal Dictatorship’

“The education on martial law in this country is really lacking,” he said. “But the future of this country is in our hands.”


:PNoy says fight to keep EDSA spirit continues

Protesters carried several placards and signs, not only denouncing martial law and Marcos, but expressing dissent against Duterte.

One called out the “blatant lies” of “Mr. Wigman,” in reference to Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre. The huge angry emoji, a prominent sign during the anti-Marcos protest in November, also made its way again in Saturday’s commemoration.

Rallyists also slapped stickers bearing the words “Isoli mo, ninakaw mo (Return what you stole)” and the faces of Marcos, Adolf Hitler, Duterte and a lapdog on the wreath bestowed by the Office of the President at the monument earlier this morning.

But not all spoke the same tone, as some Duterte supporters made an appearance near the monument.

The Duterte youth, with six members, had a brief skirmish with musician Jim Parades when they arrived at the protest grounds along Edsa.

Some protesters reportedly took away their tarpaulins expressing support to Mr. Duterte. They also refused the yellow flowers being offered to them by rallyists.

Ronald Cardema, Duterte Youth chair, said their presence is to show support to the President, saying that the organizers of the Edsa event are working to oust Mr. Duterte.


TRIBUNE

Streets divided: 1M for DU30 mostly the poor ('masa') at Luneta, 5K on Edsa hollowed ground the 'yellows' Written by Ted Tuvera Sunday, 26 February 2017 00:00

YELLOW ELITE VS DIGONG’S ‘MASA’


Opposition forces led by former President Benigno Aquino III and Vice President Leni Robredo gathered on Saturday at the site of the historic 1986 Edsa People Power Revolution in a show of resistance against the Duterte administration over what they described as threats to democracy, among them the brutal war on drugs and the Friday arrest of staunch Duterte critic Sen. Leila de Lima. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO


Rizal Park crowd throw their support behind the President's war on drugs. —INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS BY RICHARD REYES.

The roads yesterday led to either the Quirino Grandstand for the supporters of President Duterte and the hallowed ground of the so-called “yellows” at the Edsa Shrine as the nation marked yesterday the culmination of the 1986 People Power revolt that toppled the late former President Ferdinand Marcos.

The pro-Duterte rally had the numbers with a crowd estimated at more than 1 million of mostly the poor or the “masa” with a number of Cabinet officials against the sparse attendance of not more than 5,000, mostly members of the elite, at the Edsa Shrine but the yellow throng had most of the media coverage.

The divergence, nevertheless, showed the evolving political rift instead of Filipino unity that the Edsa revolt supposedly stood for.

The 31st commemoration of the Edsa revolt was met with political divisions by groups that carried along with them banners with conflicting agenda.Edsa, which was the symbolic convergence point of demonstrators that ousted Marcos in 1986, was but filled with a relatively small crowd of led by the “yellows” and Liberal Party (LP) stalwarts.

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Present in the assembly at the People Power monument at the corner of Edsa and White Plains Avenue in Quezon City was former President Aquino who denied that the party he’s leading is behind an ouster plot against the Duterte administration.

Along with him were LP figures such as Vice President Leni Robredo, Senators Francis Pangilinan, Bam Aquino and Franklin Drilon.

They began the rally with a mass at the La Salle Greenhills before marching blocks away to the Edsa shrine.


DRESSED IN BLACK Vice President Leni Robredo on Saturday joined the gathering staged in celebration of the 31st anniversary of the People Power Revolution. GMA NEWS PHOTO FILE

Claiming that the youth — or the so-called “millennials” — are already taking charge of the “Edsa spirit”, students from mostly high-class universities Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU) and De La Salle University (DLSU) chanted protest slogans against the Marcoses and Mr. Duterte.

With the yellows were left-wing groups, that broke away from the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) which is negotiating peace with Mr. Duterte.

The breakaway leftists, thus, rubbed elbows at the demonstration’s front line with whom they usually refer to as the “elite.”

Members of Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP), Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM) and Sanlakas launched what they called as “an alternative march against elite usurpation of Edsa 1986 gains amidst fascist resurgence.”

The groups said they share the stand against Mr. Duterte’s “war on illegal drugs”, but pointed out how the Edsa movement that ousted Marcos and enthroned Cory Aquino as president was “a failure to the poor.”

“The workers and the poor marches along Edsa not to celebrate the gains of a failed people’s revolt — the restoration of elite democracy. Our rights were reinstituted in our laws but they are illusory in the everyday lives of the people. From Cory to Noynoy Aquino, the people endured so much hardship,” BMP leader Leody de Guzman said.

De Guzman said that the current President harped on radical or anti-establishment sloganeering but to no avail.

“The popular discontent against elite rule was used by Duterte in his bid for the presidency, using the electoral slogan ‘change is coming.’ But with almost nine months in office, nothing has changed,” he said.

The left who were associated with the CPP-NPA rebels did their own rallies and were protest-hopping all morning long, from the US Embassy to the Edsa shrine to Camp Aguinaldo.

They called on the government to resume the suspended peace talks with the CPP-NPA and appealing the release of detained rebels.

Reds make an appeal

Bagong Alysanang Makabayan (Bayan) secretary general Renato Reyes said that the true sense of freedom projected by the Edsa revolt can be achieved if the causes of the communist movement can be compensated by the government under the Duterte administration.

“Change can come only through the struggle of the people. That is the lesson of Edsa that is valid today. The Duterte government is challenged to make true its promise of change and address the issues of the people, including the roots of the 48-year armed conflict in the countryside,” Reyes said.

“Failing to fulfill its promise of change, the regime risks growing protests on economic and political issues as it approaches its first year in office,” he added.

Occupy Luneta for Digong


Thousands of supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte gathered at the Quirino Grandstand on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (Photo by RICHARD REYES/Philippine Daily ...

Kilometers away from Edsa was the more massive pro-Duterte supporters who occupied the Quirino Grandstand, Luneta.

Members of the Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte-National Executive Coordinating Committee (MRRD-NECC) called their assembly as “People’s Support for Duterte’s War on Drugs, Criminality and Corruption.”

The gathering, as of press time, is comparably bigger than the Edsa mobilization in Quezon City and instead of the combative mood done by the anti-Duterte groups, the pro ones are more festive.

Event organizers confessed that they’ve failed to reach their 1 million targeted and noted that the rally could be attended by merely 400,000 people.

Notably, vans carrying audiences in the pro-Duterte rally are government vehicles with red plates marked as “for official use only.”

Earlier, a leaked memorandum dated February 21 and signed by Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno said that “all provincial governors, city and municipal mayors and barangay officials” are “expected to help” in the pro-Duterte rally.

Malacañang, meanwhile, said it agrees with critics in urging people to remember and relive the spirit of nation-building that brought about the Edsa People Power Revolution 31 years ago but cautioned against political opportunists.

In an interview with Radyo ng Bayan, Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said Mr. Duterte remains focused on improving the lot of the Filipino through increasing infrastructure spending and convincing investors to do business in the country.

“We would wish that people were cooperative instead of focusing on you know, being adversarial. Well, criticism is always ano, is welcome. Iba rin po ‘yung being adversarial,” Abella said.

He said what the country needs now are “people who are truly and sincerely nation patriot, nation builder,” and not people “who take advantage of political position for their own advancement.”

No supression of dissent

The Palace official also assured that there is no suppression of dissent, noting that the Duterte administration has allowed protesters to rally on the streets as long as they do not break the law and interfere with vehicular traffic.

In the same radio interview, Abella noted that the Social Weather Stations survey conducted in December 2016 on the optimism of job availability showed a record high of +37, the highest net optimism since 1998.

Abella said the Duterte administration is focused in creating 1.2 million jobs annually.

“It will be addressed by attracting more foreign investments, increasing infrastructure spending, the ease of doing business, improving the ease of doing business in the Philippines tsaka ‘yung pagdedevelop po ng ating human resources,” he said.

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EDSA Disunited: 31 years later ABS-CBN News Posted at Feb 26 2017 01:03 AM


FEBRUARY 26 -Even as streamers and placards call for peace and unity, the telling image that stands out is undeniable: the country today is deeply divided.

An event that brought Filipinos together 31 years ago has become the reason for conflicting forces to hold separate rallies to press their personal causes.

At the People Power Monument along EDSA on Saturday, forces opposed to President Rodrigo Duterte's administration gathered in celebration of the original People Power thirty-one years ago but not without the political color that has made it the congregation of the camp identified with the Aquinos.

The anti-Marcos movement was also present on EDSA to denounce the burial of the late dictator at Libingan ng mga Bayani and point out striking similarities between Marcos and the current president.

Over on the other side of the city, forces loyal to President Duterte held their own rally at the Quirino Grandstand to show their strong support for the president, including his controversial war on illegal drugs, the administration's centerpiece program.

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Meanwhile, leftists stormed the US embassy and pressed for independence from US intervention, whether it be tainted by Aquino or Duterte.

Even as streamers and placards call for peace and unity, the telling image that stands out is undeniable: the country today is deeply divided.
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Members of the Block Marcos movement raise mock shovels to symbolize their call for the exhumation of the remains of former President Ferdinand Marcos during a rally to commemorate the 31st anniversary of the EDSA People Power revolution at the EDSA Peoples Power Monument. Allan Gomez, NPPA


Protesters gather at the EDSA Shrine at the corner of EDSA and Ortigas Avenue to commemorate the 31st anniversary of the EDSA People Power revolution. Angie De Silva, ABS-CBN News


Police keep watch on demonstrators attending the commemoration of the EDSA People Power revolution at the EDSA Shrine. Angie De Silva, ABS-CBN News

PHOTO: JIM PAREDES POMPOUSLY CONFRONTING PASSIVE DUTERTE SUPPORTERS AT PRO-DUTERTE  RALLY


SCREENGRAB JIM PAREDES SELF-PONTIFICATING AT PRO-DUTERTE RALLY

HERE IS THE VIDEO, WATCH: Musician and political activist Jim Paredes (right) confronts a group of Duterte supporters who crashed the celebration of the EDSA People Power revolution in Quezon City. Michael Bagtas, ABS-CBN News


https://youtu.be/QqWsC-nfijM?t=233
JIM PAREDES NANGGULO SA MGA PRO-DUTERTE SA EDSA RALLY! PARANG NASISIRA-AN NG BAIT! NewsFeed Channel NewsFeed Channel Published on Feb 25, 2017 Who is Jim Paredes? Jaime Ramon "Jim" Paredes is an Australian producer, writer, photographer, television personality, workshop facilitator, and retrograde activist best known for being a minor member of the APO Hiking ...


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Duterte skips Edsa rites in AFP HQ, Camp Aguinaldo By: Nestor Corrales - Reporter / @NCorralesINQINQUIRER.net / 09:06 AM February 24, 2017


A famous photo from the Edsa People Power Revolution 31 years ago: Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile (center) and Lt. Col. Gregorio Honasan (right) cross Edsa from Camp Aguinaldo to Camp Crame. Today, both are incumbent senators. —AP

President Rodrigo Duterte skipped the ceremony commemorating the 31st anniversary of the Edsa People Power Revolution at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City on Friday.

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said Duterte will instead be in Davao City to attend the re-launch of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro.

The President ’s schedule released by Malacanang also showed that Duterte would be at the turnover of a drug rehabilitation facility in Davao del Norte.

Instead of Duterte, Executive Seretary Salvador Medialdea was the guest of honor and speaker during the annual event at the military headquarters in Quezon City.

Former President Fidel Ramos and former Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile, the two officials whose breakaway from the Marcos regime on Feb. 22, 1986 prompted the people power revolt, were present at the ceremony. Other prominent personalities seen at the event included former Vice President Jejomar Binay, Sen. Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan, former Rep. Jose Cojuangco, and former Interior Secretary Rafael Alunan.

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Malacanang earlier said the Duterte administration would hold “a simple and quiet” commemoration of the Edsa revolution, explaining that “it’s time to move on from just celebrating the past.”

READ: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/872150/palace-on-simple-quiet-edsa-celebration-time-to-move-on

But it was quick to add that the administration was not giving less significance to the historic peaceful uprising that toppled the Marcos dictatorship.

President Duterte attracted the first public protests of his term after he favored the burial of the late president Marcos at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani.

In an interview during the campaign season in 2016, when he was still Davao City mayor, Duterte said democracy was restored after the 1986 Edsa uprising but “the economic and social structure remains a lopsided equation in favor of the few and the many are poor and neglected.”

“We restored democracy but it is only for the elite,” he said. JN

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No ‘EDSA jump,’ no confetti drop at People Power rites By Jaime Laude (The Philippine Star) | Updated February 26, 2017 - 12:00am 0


MEANWHILE AT RIZAL PARK Pro-Duterte groups hold up streamers and placards to express support for the President’s war on drugs, corruption and criminality during a vigil at Rizal Park yesterday. KRIZJOHN ROSALES

MANILA, Philippines - There was no “EDSA jump” and flower and yellow confetti drop in yesterday’s celebration of the 31st anniversary of the 1986 People Power Revolution that toppled the Marcos dictatorial regime.

Former president Fidel Ramos and former senator Juan Ponce Enrile, two key personalities in the revolt, were not present in yesterday’s celebration.

Enrile was the defense minister while Ramos was the armed forces chief during the presidency of dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Their defection triggered the massing of people at EDSA. Ramos was famously photographed jumping in joy upon hearing news that Marcos and his family had left Malacañang.

Since then, the “EDSA jump” had been reenacted during anniversary celebrations. But not this year.

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Enrile and Ramos attended the celebration rites held at Camp Aguinaldo last Friday.

Instead of Ramos, former executive secretary Eduardo Ermita led the wreathing laying at the People Power Monument. He was accompanied by a handful of officials, including Defense Undersecretary Eduardo del Rosario, Armed Forces of the Philippine (AFP) chief Gen. Eduardo Año and former senator Heherson Alvarez.

There was also no shower of flowers and yellow confetti, which military helicopters used to do to add meaning to the anniversary.

Noy’s arrival


REPORT PHOTO FROM RAPPLER.COM

But the thin crowd gathered at the EDSA People Power Shrine yesterday morning swelled to thousands in the afternoon with the arrival of former president Benigno Aquino III.

Aquino was wearing a black shirt instead of yellow, the color associated with the people power revolt.

In an ambush interview, Aquino told reporters that this year’s celebration of the 31st anniversary of the 1986 People Power Revolution is very different compared to the celebration in the past years, when the people’s victory was highly celebrated.

He also said that something needs to be done and he felt that there is a “disconnect” now.

“Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it,” he warned.

‘Duterte is the second Marcos’

Across the EDSA Shrine along Ortigas, militant groups staged a protest action before noon yesterday.

They denounced the Duterte government for its failure to address the people’s problem in the countryside.

They also slammed Duterte, calling him “the second Marcos.”

Aside from the flak over the reported summary killings in his drug war, Duterte drew public outrage for allowing the remains of the dictator to be buried at the Libingan Ng Mga Bayani in Taguig City.

Duterte is a friend of the Marcos family. His father was a member of the Cabinet of the late dictator. Marcos’ burial at the heroes’ cemetery was reportedly one of Duterte’s campaign promises.

Another group of rallyists held protest action at the main gate of the Libingan to demand the exhumation of the remains of the dictator.

Anti-Duterte protests was also held at Camp Aguinaldo.

Around 1,000 protesters gathered at the EDSA People Power Monument and marched to Camp Aguinaldo’s Gate 3 along EDSA around 3 p.m., forcing a military lockdown and deployment of contingents of anti-rally military personnel inside all of the camp’s gates.

The rallyists denounced the military for what they called “continuing militarization” in the countryside.

At the height of the lockdown, all gates of Camp Aguinaldo were ordered closed and placed under heavy guard.

VIDEO FROM RAPPLER.COM

 
https://youtu.be/62T8FL8zUkU?t=83
Thousands gather to commemorate EDSA 31
Published on Feb 25, 2017
Filipinos celebrated the 31st anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution at the People Power Monument on Saturday, February 25. Patty Pasion reports: http://s.rplr.co/ubChlGL Follow Rappler on Social Media:
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Andanar at Duterte rally: 'This is proof of the real People Power' Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News Posted at Feb 26 2017 01:36 AM | Updated as of Feb 26 2017 01:37 AM


Pro duterte vigil rally at Luneta -POSTERS say 'Love and Protect PRRD. No to destabilization' --President Rodrigo Duterte's supporters gather at Luneta Park on Saturday during a vigil backing the administration and its programs. Romeo Ranoco, Reuters

MANILA — Communications Secretary Martin Andanar dubbed the gathering of President Rodrigo Duterte's supporters at Quirino Grandstand as the "real" People Power.

"(Ito) ang patunay ng totoong People Power," he said in a speech before thousands of Duterte supporters on Saturday.
"Ang People Power po ay hindi blue, red, dilaw, itim. Ang People Power po ay para sa lahat ng Pilipino."
(This is proof of the real People Power. People Power isn't for the blue, red, yellow, black. People Power is for all Filipinos.)
Thousands of Duterte supporters gathered at the Quirino Grandstand to show their support for the administration's war on illegal drugs.

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Meanwhile, a separate rally was held at the People Power Monument in commemoration of the 31st anniversary of the 1986 EDSA Revolution.

At 7 p.m., Manila police estimated the crowd to be at about 200,000. No injuries were recorded at the time.

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, who also attended the gathering, said it showed that support for the president has not changed since the campaign period.

"Ito ay tanda ng suporta mula nung nagkakampanya palang tayo ay hindi nagbago ang paghanga at pagsuporta ng mga Pilipino dito sa ating pangulo," Aguirre said

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Aquino on EDSA 31: 'Hindi pa tapos ang laban' Patty Pasion @pattypasion Published 6:09 PM, February 25, 2017 Updated 6:09 PM, February 25, 2017


EDSA 31. Former president Benigno Aquino III joins a rally on February 25, 2017, to mark the 31st anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution of 1986. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Former president Benigno Aquino III leads other Liberal Party members who join the rally to remember the 31st anniversary of the EDSA People Power revolt

MANILA, Philippines – Former president Benigno Aquino III joined a rally organized by a coalition of 72 groups to remember the 31st anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution on Saturday, February 25.

"For a long time, celebration ang ginagawa natin. Ngayon, mas may dagdag na kailangan gawin din sa paggunita at pag-alala... paalala sa atin na 'di tapos ang laban kung hindi tayo handa magtanggol ng karapatan," Aquino said.

(For a long time what we were doing was to celebrate. Now, we must do more than just remember. We are reminded that the fight is not yet over if we are not ready to fight for our rights.)

Aquino led other Liberal Party members who attended the event, such as interim party president Senator Francis Pangilinan and Senators Paolo Benigno "Bam" Aquino IV, Risa Hontiveros and Senate President Pro-Tempore Franklin Drilon.

The Philippines marks the People Power anniversary this year amid the killing of around 7,000 people in the government's war on drugs.

President Rodrigo Duterte chose to hold a low-key commemoration of People Power this year.

Pro-Duterte rally

As for the rally, it comes a day after Senator Leila de Lima was arrested for drug-related charges against her.

On Saturday, several banners expressing support for the senator were seen around the People Power Monument where the rally is being held.

Pangilinan thanked the attendees for their support but continued to condemn the arrest.

Asked about the pro-Duterte rally set up at the Quirino Grandstand also on Saturday, Pangilinan said it is part of the freedom of the government's supporters.

"Kaya nga puwedeng gawin iyan dahil may demokrasya tayo dahil sa pinaglaban natin nu'ng 1986. That's part of democracy," said Pangilinan. (They can do that because of democracy that we fought for in 1986. That's part of democracy.)

The pro-Duterte rally was set at 6 pm. It is expected to be attended by people from the provinces after Interior secretary Ismael Sueno issued a memorandum to mobilize support for the event.

Meanwhile, as of 5 pm, protesters were already packed along White Plains Avenue for the EDSA rally. Millennials again constituted the huge crowd just like the previous anti-Marcos rallies held at the People Power Monument.

Hontiveros lauded the millennials' participation in the rally.

"They are the new EDSA. They should lead the new EDSA shown in different forms and different expressions," she said in Filipino. – Rappler.com


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Groups celebrate People Power Revolution's 31st anniversary Published February 25, 2017 6:19pm Updated February 25, 2017 9:12pm


#EDSA 31 at the People Power Monument Photo: Jessica Bartolome

Several groups wearing yellow and black gathered at the People Power Monument to commemorate the 1986 people's revolt that restored democracy in the Philippines.

Former President Benigno Aquino III, son of democracy icons late senator Benigno Aquino Jr. and former president Corazon Aquino, attended the gathering along with other members of the Liberal Party (LP).

LP president Sen. Francis Pangilinan clarified in an interview at the gathering that the event was not an anti-Duterte movement, but a celebration of the democracy that the country still enjoys 31 years after the ouster of late strongman Ferdinand Marcos Sr.

Police said the crowd at the People Power Monument peaked at 2,000. As of 9 p.m., only 700 people remained at the area.

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Some people who joined the gathering also raised messages in support of Sen. Leila de Lima, who has been arrested and detained on drug charges.

De Lima was brought to her detention cell in Camp Crame on Friday, a day before the People Power anniversary.

Meanwhile, a small group of President Rodrigo Duterte's young supporters staged a mini-rally at the People Power Monument.

After a brief confrontation, some people gathered at the monument offered yellow flowers to the Duterte supporters. —ALG, GMA News

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Thousands celebrate People Power Revolution's 31st anniversary Published February 25, 2017 6:19pm Updated February 25, 2017 6:41pm #EDSA31 at the People Power Monument Photo: Rose-An Jessica Dioquino


Thousands of people wearing yellow and black gathered at the People Power Monument to commemorate the 1986 people's revolt that restored democracy in the Philippines.

Former President Benigno Aquino III, son of democracy icons late senator Benigno Aquino Jr. and former president Corazon Aquino, attended the gathering along with other members of the Liberal Party (LP).

Liberal Party president Sen. Francis Pangilinan clarified in an interview at the gathering that the event was not an anti-Duterte movement, but a celebration of the democracy that the country still enjoys 31 years after the ouster of late strongman Ferdinand Marcos Sr.

As of 4 p.m., the police estimated the crowd at the People Power Monument at 1,400. It is expected to balloon by the evening as more people continued to march to the area as of this posting.

Some people who joined the gathering also raised messages in support of Sen. Leila de Lima, who has been arrested and detained on drug charges.

De Lima was brought to her detention cell in Camp Crame on Friday, a day before the People Power anniversary.

Meanwhile, a small group of President Rodrigo Duterte's young supporters staged a mini-rally at the People Power Monument.

After a brief confrontation, some people gathered at the monument offered yellow flowers to the Duterte supporters. —ALG, GMA News


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Duterte supporters gather at Luneta, back war on drugs Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News Posted at Feb 25 2017 08:54 PM | Updated as of Feb 25 2017 09:01 PM


President Rodrigo Duterte supporters gather during a vigil backing the anti-drugs crackdown at the Luneta Park. Romeo Ranoco, Reuters

MANILA — Thousands of supporters of President Duterte converged at the Quirino Grandstand on Saturday night to show their support for the president's war on drugs and other advocacies. Supporters from Manila and as far as Mindanao joined the gathering called "People's Support for Duterte's war against illegal drugs, poverty, and corruption."

Manila police estimated the crowd to be at around 200,000 as of 7 p.m. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said the gathering shows that support for the president has not changed despite criticisms against his administration.

"Ito ay tanda ng suporta mula nung nagkakampanya pa lang tayo ay hindi nagbago ang paghanga at pagsuporta ng mga Pilipino dito sa ating pangulo," Aguirre said.

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Among the personalities who joined the event were Bacoor Mayor Lani Mercado and her son Jolo Revilla, and Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial.

A Duterte supporter, Imam Saeed Balabaran, came all the way from Mindanao with others from the group "Hugbong."

He said his group's trip was sponsored but did not disclose who the sponsor was.

"Mahalaga ito para sa aming mga Muslim kasi gusto ni Pangulo ng pagkakaisa," he told ABS-CBN News. Maria Theresa Camacho, a member of the group "Friends of Duterte-Mandaluyong," said they received free food and transportation allowance from an unknown supporter.

She explained that she has been a supporter of Duterte even before the 2016 election campaign. Bishop Ernesto Cunanan led the prayer-vigil for Duterte's presidency, which was followed by performances from different chorale groups.

Attendees of the gathering at Quirino Grandstand enjoyed free shirt printing and food. A rock concert was set to follow at 10 pm.

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BOOK LAUNCH: Conjugal Dictatorship’ new edition to teach millennials about Martial Law By Mary Pauline Del Rosario (philstar.com) | Updated February 25, 2017 - 12:56pm 4 33 googleplus1 1


LAST YEAR ANTI-MARCOS PROTEST PHOTO -Students shout slogans during a rally at the Rizal Park, Friday, Nov. 25, 2016 in Manila, Philippines. Thousands of Filipinos, including more than a dozen nude students, protested Friday against the hasty burial of Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos in a heroes' cemetery, in a growing political storm that's lashing the president who allowed the entombment. AP/Aaron Favila, File photo

 MANILA, Philippines - To change public mindset about Martial Law, the teaching should start with the next generation, hence the book's target audience – millennials, said John Christopher “JC” Mijares Gurango.

Gurango, youngest grandson of former president Ferdinand Marcos chief propagandist Primitivo “Tibo” Mijares, stressed that millennials are the ones who must read the book of his grandfather so the young generation can understand the implications of martial law.

“If we are going to change public perception, if we are going to make it so that martial law is taught in our schools properly and knowledge is taught truthfully, and accurately, it starts with the next generation, not the previous one,” he said.

The Mijares heirs on Tuesday relaunched the new edition of Primitivo’s “The Conjugal Dictatorship of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos” at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani in Quezon City in anticipation of the 31st anniversary of the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution on Saturday.


ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTO - Students shout slogans during a rally at the Rizal Park, Friday, Nov. 25, 2016 ANTI-MARCOS LIBINGAN BURIAL

The book is a firsthand account of the early days of the Marcos regime as written by Mijares. Years after martial law was declared in 1972, Mijares defected from the Marcoses and went into exile in the United States.

A year after he published his book in 1976, Mijares attempted to return to the Philippines and was never heard from again.

The new 812-page version of the book features an additional 200 pages of annotations with updated information, a new foreword by human rights lawyer former Senator Rene Saguisag, and a preface by JC himself.

Present at the launch were several guest speakers including Saguisag; Miriam Lacaba, daughter of the late poet and activist Emmanuel “Emman” Lacaba; Jo-Ed Tirol, a History professor who developed a curriculum for martial law history; and Maria Serena Diokno, former chair of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines and daughter of the late senator and prominent Marcos critic Jose Diokno.

“We have two ongoing wars in this country. One is the war on drugs, and the other more long-term one is the war on memory. It’s a terrible war on memory,” said Tirol, stressing that memory is too malleable that people who claim they bear the truth can tweak history in their favor.

Diokno, meanwhile, slammed the recent decision of the Supreme Court allowing the burial of late dictator Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

“If you want to move on, face what happened. You shouldn't turn your back from it and forget,” she said.

Saguisag said Mijares rightfully deserves to be memorialized at the Libingan and Bantayog ng mga Bayani for his “priceless contribution.”

“He played a critical role in awakening the sleeping nation during martial law,” the former senator said.

After the launch, JC’s father Joey told The STAR that they plan to visit schools to promote the book.

“We want to put this information as a regular part of history lessons, both in high school and college,” he added.

Although JC’s initiative to republish his grandfather’s book makes Joey proud, he admitted it also makes him worried about the safety of his son.

“He is doing this because he believes he is aware and that it should be done. At the same time, we are apprehensive, quite anxious and to put it bluntly, quite scared. One of the reasons why my wife and I sheltered our kids from all of these is because of what happened to JC’s uncle,” he shared.

Mijares’ youngest son, Luis Manuel “Boyet” Mijares, was abducted, tortured and later found dead in 1977, a year after “Conjugal Dictatorship” was published.

“The Conjugal Dictatorship of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos” will retail at P650.00 for paperback in all leading physical and online bookstores while the hard cover edition is available for pre-order at conjugaldictatorship.com

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Edsa’s ‘epic fail’ opens door to another dictatorship By: Ryan Bocacao - @inquirerdotnetPhilippine Daily Inquirer / 12:06 AM February 25, 2017
 


WHERE IS MY EDSA?

On the 31st anniversary of the 1986 Edsa uprising, it’s time we admitted the bitter truth: Edsa’s failed promise has laid the fertile ground for the revival of authoritarianism and a revision of history. As working class millennials—community youth and young workers—we are witnesses to, nay, victims of, the disaster of three decades of “Edsa democracy.”

Poverty, inequality and injustice have persisted and plagued our country since 1986. True, these were a pestilence even during the Marcos dictatorship despite recent attempts to prettify the thingy called martial law. The infamous infrastructure projects of Marcos which keep popping up on social media were no more than just opportunities to rob the people while pushing generations of Filipinos deep into debt.

The plunder of the national treasury and the systematic human rights violations by the state still have no parallel during the post-Edsa regimes. Abuse of power is necessarily worse under a dictatorial regime which does not have to bother with the niceties of due process, civil liberties, press freedom—or with a political opposition.

All those political—and social, we should not forget—contradictions during the 14 years of the Marcos dictatorship finally exploded in that historic event called the “People Power Uprising.” While the yearning for democracy was central to Edsa, the cause of social justice—the demand of workers for rights, of peasants for land, of students for reform, among others—was no less a key impetus. Yet under the leadership of the “Dilawan,” the elite faction opposed to the Marcos dictatorship, the democracy built after Edsa was only a caricature.

EDSA1 SKELETON WITHOUT FLESH

The Edsa democracy is a skeleton without flesh. The formality is there, but the substance is lacking. Elections are a farce. Instead of an exercise in democracy, it is a rigodon for dynasties and warlords. Regime after regime played deaf to the cry for social justice as globalization dictated by the IMF and WTO was embraced.

Cheap labor was used as come on for foreign investors. Farmers buckled under the onslaught of cheap imports. Social services suffered as the national budget was decimated by debt outlays, a big part of which was to pay loans taken out by Marcos. With a bleak future in the country, millions of Filipinos migrated despite all the sacrifices and difficulties.

To those living in the purgatory of the Edsa democracy, the hell of martial law is little comfort. No surprise then that purveyors of fake news, creative imagination and alternative facts are having a field day. Edsa’s “epic fail” created a vacuum that is being filled by an authoritarian throwback.

Cory Aquino made agrarian reform a centerpiece program of her administration, but almost three decades have passed, Hacienda Luisita remains controversial and the most fertile lands in Negros and Mindanao are still in the hands of capitalist landlords and multinational companies. Since Edsa’s letdown is plain to see, memes of a Marcos golden age look like fact rather than fiction.

Is a return to the past the answer to the misery of the present? We say no, as young Filipinos who wish the best for our country.
Is it time to move on instead of celebrating Edsa as the Duterte administration says? We say no, for we believe the real alternative is to level up Edsa.

People power is hollow without democratizing power. Only a decisive resolution to the demands of workers for decent jobs, of farmers to control of land, of the poor for social protection, and of the people for national sovereignty will rid the country of the plague of destitution and inequity. Empowering the people—providing economic security to the masses and also their participation in policy decisions—will pull the rug from underneath historical revisionists and wannabe dictators.

Ryan Bocacao is a member of Partido Manggagawa-Kabataan.


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