President Rodrigo Duterte called for “unity and solidarity” among Filipinos in line with the celebration of the 32nd anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution.
In a statement released February 24, the president said that he’s one with the nation in commemorating the said historic event, saying that the EDSA Revolution “shown the world how a people’s courage and resolve can later the course of our nation’s history.”
“Since then, the People Power Revolution has become the enduring symbol of our determination to fight for what is right and – during our country’s most crucial and trying times – to defend and uphold our cherished democratic values,” he added.
Although a no-show at the EDSA rites yesterday, February 25, Duterte wished the Filipinos a “meaningful celebration.”
“May this occasion foster unity and solidarity as we pursue our hopes and aspirations for our nation. Let us further enrich our democracy by empowering our citizenry, defending their rights and strengthening the institutions that safeguard their freedoms,” the President said.
This is the second time that Duterte skipped the annual commemoration of the EDSA People Power Revolution. The president also didn’t attend last year’s celebration rites.
The commemoration of the EDSA Revolution is a way of recalling the momentous 1986 event where millions of Filipinos gathered along Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue in a call to end the dictatorship of the then president Ferdinand E. Marcos.