FOR the Duterte administration, the 1986 Edsa People Power Revolt is an “important historical event” in the country, Malacañang said Monday, February 26.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. said the yearly commemoration of the bloodless revolution that toppled the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos remains a significant event in the Philippine history.
“We still recognize and we will always recognize Edsa [People Power Revolution] not only as an important historical event, but [as] the first bloodless people power in the whole, entire planet earth. And it remains significant,” Roque said in a press briefing with Palace reporters.
As the country remembered Sunday the revolution that toppled Marcos, Communications Assistant Secretary Esther Margaux "Mocha" Uson created a poll on her Facebook page, which showed that 84 percent believed that the Edsa People Power Revolution was a "product of fake news" while 16 percent thought otherwise.
The result was based on Uson's question: "Do you believe that 1986 Edsa People Power is a product of fake news?"
Responding to Uson's poll, Roque said, "Well, 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."
For the second consecutive year, however, President Rodrigo Duterte did not attend the annual commemoration of Edsa People Power Revolution held Sunday, February 25 at the Edsa People Power monument in Quezon City.
Duterte, who is outspoken about his close ties with the controversial Marcos family, instead spent the day in his bailiwick in Davao City.
Asked if Duterte’s no-show was deliberately done, Roque said he could not speak on the President’s behalf as he could not tell the reason behind the latter’s absence.
Pressed again if there was no attempt to diminish the historic event’s significance, the presidential spokesman said: “There’s none. It remains in our statute books. As in fact, the ceremonies are being, well spearheaded by the National Historical Commission [of the Philippines] no less.”
"So I don’t think there should be any reason to deviate from the fact that by law and by practice, we celebrate Edsa because it was a historical event in our country,” he added.
The 1986 Edsa People Power Revolution is a peaceful demonstration that put an end to Marcos' 21-year autocrat rule. The non-violent protest was a result of the long oppressed freedom and mass human rights violation recorded under Marcos' dictatorship regime. (SunStar Philippines)