President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said he was one with Filipinos in looking back at the EDSA People Power Revolution, lauding how Filipinos came out stronger and united following the bloodless revolution that ousted his family from the seat of power 37 years ago.
In his message, the President said he was one with Filipinos in looking back at the time, which he said: “divided the people.”
“As we look back to a time in our history that divided the Filipino people, I am one with the nation in remembering those times of tribulation and how we came out of them united and stronger as a nation,” he wrote.
Marcos then urged the public to unite and set aside political differences for a better Philippines.
“I once again offer my hand of reconciliation to those with different political persuasions to come together as one in forging a better society — one that will pursue progress and peace and a better life for all Filipinos,” he said.
President Marcos’ message was true to Proclamation No. 167, which moved the EDSA holiday to Feb. 24, 2023, because the original date of the anniversary fell on a Saturday.
The Proclamation stated that the EDSA holiday could be moved as long as its historical significance was maintained.
The EDSA People Power Revolution in 1986 marked the end of the regime of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos. The former President stayed in power for almost 21 years, but his rule was infamous due to his declaration of martial law on Sept. 21, 1972.
The martial rule ended on Jan. 17, 1981. Former President Marcos stayed in power until he was ousted through the People Power Revolution, which marked the start of the presidency of Corazon Aquino, the wife of the slain senator and Marcos’ harshest critic, Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr.
History saw the children of the two families rise in politics. Aquino’s son, the late Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, became President in 2010. He died on June 24, 2021. Meanwhile, Marcos’ son, the current President, was elected by an overwhelming majority in the May 9, 2022, elections.
— Argyll Cyrus Geducos
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