Gov’t allows EDSA anniversary protests

By Genalyn D. Kabiling

The government will not stop any person or group from commemorating the 32nd anniversary of the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution on Feb. 25 with protest actions.

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said President Duterte respects the rights of the people to freedom of peaceful assembly and expression during the observation of the 32nd EDSA anniversary on Sunday.

“It is celebrated. As you know, it is a public holiday,” Roque said.

“As far as the President is concerned, people have the right to resort to their right to peaceful assembly. Hindi sinusupil. We welcome any and all protest that day,” he added.

The government has started preparing activities, including a flag-raising ceremony and a mass, to mark the EDSA anniversary.

Duterte will miss the Manila celebration since he will be in his hometown Davao City that day.

Pastor Boy Saycon, member of the EDSA People Power Commission, said they have invited former President Fidel V. Ramos, former President Benigno S. Aquino III, Vice President Leni Robredo, and other officials to take part in the EDSA activities.

Saycon said that EDSA was “not just for the yellow but for everyone.”

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