VP Binay calls on Filipinos to transcend differences to end poverty

February 25, 2013 12:11 pm 

By Jelly F. Musico

MANILA, Feb. 24 — Vice President Jejomar Binay on Sunday called on every Filipino citizen to transcend differences to fight hunger, poverty and unemployment as the nation prepares to celebrate the 27th anniversary of the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution on Monday.

According to the Vice President, the real message of the 1986 EDSA Revolution is that "a stronger foe can be won if we overcome fear and transcend our differences."

"We can and we must transcend our differences in order to make the Revolution’s promise of shared prosperity a reality for the Filipino people," he said in a press statement.

"In 1986, the foe was the dictatorship. Today, it is hunger, poverty and unemployment," he added.

The Vice President also said that the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013 which is expected to be signed into law by President Aquino Monday recognizes the heroism of Filipinos who fought the dictatorship and reminds us of the lessons of martial law.

“The signing into law of the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013 is not only our way of recognizing their sacrifices, but of reminding ourselves of the tyranny that made their struggle justified, a tyranny that must not be repeated,” he said.

Binay underscored the need to always remind the present and future generations of Filipinos that the freedoms they enjoy are the results of an intense fight against the forces of repression.

“As we mark the 27th anniversary of the bloodless revolution that toppled a tyrant and restored our freedom, it remains our responsibility to remind the present and future generation that the freedoms they enjoy came from the selfless sacrifice of nameless Filipinos who struggled against tyranny and oppression,” he said.

“These are the nameless heroes who faced the armed might of the State and suffered torture, indignity and even death,” he added.

The Vice President is set to attend the 27th anniversary celebration of the 1986 EDSA People Power revolution at 7 a.m. on Monday at the People Power Monument, EDSA cor. White Plains Ave. in Quezon City.

At 5:30 p.m., Binay will award Transfer Certificates of Title and Certificates of Lot Award to beneficiaries of the Social Housing Finance Corporation's Community Mortgage Program and the Home Guaranty Corporation's housing project at the Verdant Village Coverd Court in Las Pinas City. (PNA)

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