Enrile: Celebrate EDSA anniversary on 22nd of February, not the 25th

February 25, 2019

FORMER Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, one of the leading figures during the 1986 EDSA revolution, called on the country to celebrate the anniversary of the People Power movement on the 22nd of February and not on the 25th, citing that the initial call to gather at EDSA represented better how Filipinos decided to ‘lay down their lives’ for the country.

“Sa akin, ang mahalaga ang Feb. 22 dahil ‘yun ang sigaw ng EDSA. Doon namin ipinusta ang buhay namin. Doon namin sinugal ang buhay namin para sa ganoon ay magkaroon ng benepisyo ang bansa,” he said in a radio interview, referring to the events of Feb. 22, 1986 when Enrile as defense minister and Philippine Constabulary chief Fidel Ramos announced their resignation from their respective positions in a press conference.

Former Senator Enrile, who is seeking a comeback to the Senate in the upcoming 2019 elections, also said that the events at EDSA must not be forgotten.

“Iyang pangyayari na yan ay nangyari sa kasaysayan ng ating bansa at hindi na ‘yan mabubura sa istorya ng Pilipinas, kaya dapat lamang na gunitain,” he shared, adding:

“Hindi pwedeng gagawa ka ng isang pangyayari at kakalimutin mo yung naaral mo, yung experience mo sa pangyayari na ‘yun.”

When asked about the disillusionment of Filipinos who believe that the promise of EDSA has not been fulfilled since conflict persists between many political groups, Enrile responded by saying that that is a hallmark of democracy.

“Walang mali (sa ating pamahalaan). Nasa uri ng gobyerno natin ‘yan. Ang gobyerno natin ay malaya, demokrasya, at iba-ibang grupo ang nasasali dyan. Iba’t ibang pananaw, iba’t ibang opinyon, at natural lamang na magkakaroon ng hidwaan, alitan, kompetisyon, pasikatan. Kailangang tatanggapin natin ‘yun dahil ang uri ng gobyerno natin ay demokrasya,” he explained.

The veteran lawmaker also called on young people to live out the spirit of EDSA, saying, “Ipagpatuloy natin ang spirit ng EDSA I. Ganun din sa paggugunita ng pangyayari noong binaril si Rizal sa Luneta at noong pinatay si Bonifacio. Ganun din yung sigaw ng Balintawak, sigaw ng Tirad Pass, Biak na Bato. Dapat i-ukit ng mga kabataan ang mga pangyayari na ‘yan sa kanilang mga utak at kanilang mga puso.”