Days before the 32nd anniversary of the Edsa People Power 1 on February 25, Senator Bam Aquino urged Filipinos to harness the spirit of the historic event by speaking out against bashers, online misinformation, government controversies and issues of national interest.
“Kung dati, tangke ang karahap natin sa EDSA, ang kalaban natin ngayon ay mga nagpapakalat ng pekeng balita at trolls sa social media,” Aquino said in a television interview.
“Kailangan natin mahanap ang ating boses. Magsalita tayo at makilahok tayo sa mga nangyayari sa ating bayan, lalo na kapag may nakikita tayong mali,” he added.
Even though today’s battles are different from the one won 32 years ago, Aquino said Filipinos should still fight for the same ideals.
“Ipagdiwang natin ang EDSA at alalahanin ang mga ipinaglaban noon – wakasan ang korapsyon, patibayin ang malayang media, at itaguyod ang karapatan ng mga Pilipino,” he said.
“Beyond politics, beyond political colors, beyond political parties, EDSA People Power is about fighting dictatorship and the restoration of democracy in our country,” he added.
The Edsa People Power 1 revolution in 1986 marked the ouster of former President Ferdinand Marcos and the swearing in of Corazon Aquino as president./ac