Aquino urges continued vigilance and concern in nurturing the fruits of People Power Revolution

February 25, 2012 10:56 pm 

MANILA, Feb. 25 – President Benigno S. Aquino III said that the people’s peaceful revolt for the sake of the nation as shown to the world two decades ago in the Edsa People Power Revolution must not falter as he urged the generation of today to take their part in battling the modern day challenges to free the country from poverty, hunger, lack of economic opportunities and injustice.

In his speech during the 26th anniversary celebration at the People Power Monument in Quezon City Saturday, President Aquino stressed the need to nurture the fruits reaped from the peaceful revolution of the Filipino people 26 years ago to topple a dictator.

“Ang rebolusyon sa Edsa ang nagsilbing lunsaran sa kung saan natin gustong tumungo bilang isang bayan, at hanggang sa kasalukuyan hindi pa rin tapos ang rebolusyong ito… kalayaan mula sa gutom, kalayaan mula sa kahirapan, kalayaan sa walang pagkakataong umasenso… kalayaan mula sa kawalan ng katarungan, ito ang ipinaglalaban natin ngayon,” the President said.

“Maliwanag po na ang himala sa Edsa ay mapupunta sa wala kung hindi natin ito pagyayamanin at paka-iingatan,” he added.

The President underscored the need for the people’s continued vigilance and concern for the country and fellow Filipinos.

“Kung hindi ka kikilos, sino pa? Kung hindi ngayon, kalian pa? Kumilos na tayo ngayon bago pa mahuli ang lahat, kumilos na tayo ngayon upang mapabilis natin ang pag-iwan sa dilim ng nakalipas… kumilos na tayo ngayon upang sa lalong madaling panahon, matanglawan ang ating lahi ng mas maliwanag na bukas,” the President noted.

“Kung gusto mong manatili ang lumang sistema, sige, magbingi-bingihan ka, magbulag-bulagan ka, huwag kang magsalita, huwag kang makilahok… pero kung sang-ayon kang may mali sa dinatnan nating sistema at kailangan itong ituwid… tara na! pumalag tayo, makilahok tayo, itama natin ito,” he said.

The Chief Executive added that everyone is obliged to take care of the democracy that has been won through the efforts of those who rallied in Edsa that ended the decades-long of oppression.

“Obligasyon nating alagaan ang ginintuang butil ng demokrasya na ipinunla ng milyon-milyong Pilipinong nag-martsa sa Edsa… hindi ito lalago kung ito ay binabale-wala, hindi ito uusbong kung wala ditong nag-aaruga… sakripisyo, katapatan at dedikasyon, ito ang idilig natin upang yumabong ang diwa ng demokrasya… pagkakaisa, malasakit at pagmamahal sa bansa, ito ang ibuhos natin upang maging mabunga ang pamana ng Edsa… panahon na natin ito, Edsa natin ito, tara na mga Pilipino,” President Aquino said.

Also present during the celebration were Vice President Jejomar C. Binay, former President Fidel V. Ramos, former President Joseph Ejercito Estrada, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, Senator Vicente Sotto III, Senator Gregorio Honasan, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Jessie Dellosa and Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Nicanor Bartolome.

Others present were members of the Cabinet led by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr., Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio “Sonny” B. Coloma Jr., Energy Secretary Jose Rene Almendras, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Deles, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo and the commissioners and members of the Edsa People Power Commission, among others.

Upon his arrival, the President was accorded full military honors and welcomed by Vice President Binay, Senate President Enrile and Speaker Belmonte.

A pledge was written in a commitment wall by the members of the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP) chaired by Mindoro Oriental Governor Aurelio “Boy” Umali, the business sector, religious sector and the civic sector.

The President also witnessed an actual “Salubungan” rite involving the military, non-government organizations, and representatives of the religious, business, youth, government and basic sectors.

Anchored on this year’s theme: “Ano ang Iyong Taya Para sa Pilipinas Natin?” the Filipino nation celebrates the 26th year of the bloodless and peaceful revolt known as the Edsa People Power Revolution, which catapulted a dictator from several years of control and power. (PNA)

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