By Argyll Cyrus B. Geducos
Malacañang said yesterday that the historic 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution is not a figment of imagination and will remain significant to the country and the Filipinos.
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque made the statement after Presidential Communications Operations Office Assistant Secretary Margaux “Mocha” Uson posted a photo on her Facebook page asking if the people were driven to tears by the “drama” of the activist nuns during the revolution.
According to Roque, the EDSA Revolution is recognized by the law, therefore, the events which toppled the regime of the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos were not fake news.
“According to the law, it is not fake news. According to the law, we honor the EDSA Revolution, having declared it as a public holiday. We even appropriate funds for the event,” Roque said.
“We still recognize and we will always recognize EDSA, not only as an important historical event, but it was the first bloodless revolution in the whole entire Earth and it remains significant,” he added.
President Duterte called for unity and solidarity to defend the institutions that safeguard the freedom the movement has brought in his message for the 32nd anniversary celebration of the iconic revolution.
“May this occasion foster unity and solidarity as we pursue our hopes and aspirations for our nation,” Duterte said.
“Let us further enrich our democracy by empowering our citizenry, defending their rights and strengthening the institutions that safeguard their freedoms,” he added.
Duterte skipped the event sespite his calls and recognition that EDSA People Power became an instrument to end what he called the country’s “most crucial and trying times.”