No less than President Benigno Simeon ‘PNoy’ Aquino III paid tribute to the resiliency of the Filipinos. In his addressat the 28th anniversary of the Edsa People Power Revolution, at the Cebu Provincial Capitol grounds in the morning of Tuesday, February 25, he expressed gratitude for the honor to lead a race that does not easily buckle down to any trial and has strong faith in God. According to the President, this was evident in the recent calamities that hit the country.
The commemoration of the 28th anniversary of the Edsa People Power Revolution, which was held in Cebu for the first time, gathered a sizeable crowd that applauded the President when he opened his message with a fluent ‘Maayong buntag sa tanan!’ (good morning to all) greeting.
The president was earlier welcomed by Governor Hilario Davide III, Vice Governor Agnes Magpale and Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama. He then proceeded to troop the line of army, navy and airforce men before leading in the raising of the Philippine flag.
Governor Davide delivered the welcome remarks after which the traditional Salubongan or the re-enactment of the meeting of the civilian and military forces was held.
Senator Bam Aquino led the civilian group while movie and television personality Dindong Dantes led the military group.
Yellow confettis were then dropped by a passing helicopter while sounds of the cannon,from the back of the Capitol, were heard.
In his message that followed the re-enactment, PNoy explained that his idea of bringing the celebration to Cebu stemmed from the fact that while the last chapter of the fight for freedom happened in Edsa or Epifanio delos Santos Avenue, the first chapter started in Cebu.
He cited that in his visit in 1983 shortly after his father’s death, he was surprised to see that there was no trace of martial law in Cebu. People did what was right, knew what to do when there was wrong and everyone looked so free.
He added that when his mother, the late President Cory Aquino came to Cebu he was confident that the latter was in good hands being in the midst of loyal supporters. He thanked the Cebuanos for that. Then presidenial candidate Cory was in Cebu to campaign for civil disobedience shortly before the people power came to full swing,
The president highlighted the contribution of the late JaimeCardinal Sin of Manila in the latter’s call to stand for what is right. He also mentioned that the Edsa revolution brought out the best in the Filipinos, to the point of being looked up as inspiration for other nations’fight for freedom and democracy.
The Edsa revolution symbolized the start of restoring the government’s obligation to serve the people, of which the present generation is benefiting from, the president added.
He likewise stressed that the force behind the people power revolution was not the prospect of getting something out of it. Love was what urged everyone to join – lovefor others, love for country, love for God.
He further emphasized the value of unity, oneness in spirit and faith in God in order to withstand any challenge posed by the world and nature. He ended his message by thanking everyone who showed these values in the first people power in Edsa up to the present. Roger Serna