BACOLOD CITY, Feb. 25 (PNA) — Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. of Negros Occidental urged Filipinos to unite and defeat the country’s prime enemy after the EDSA People Power Revolution in 1986 – poverty.
Genuine freedom from poverty, according to the governor, has not been achieved yet despite the remarkable bloodless revolt against the dictatorship of then President Ferdinand Marcos.
As election draws near, Marañon warned that the battle against poverty will have no end if we are reckless enough in selecting the leaders of our country.
Marañon echoed these insights during the simple commemoration of 27th anniversary of EDSA People Power Revolution at the Provincial Capitol Lagoon and Park early morning Monday.
The first people power revolution, according to the provincial chief executive, has showed the whole world how mighty a united people can be.
Machine guns and cannons back then were also nothing compared to people’s faith as symbolized by the rosary they were holding as they march to victory, he added.
“Miracles occurred in many areas in EDSA. Tear gases were thrown to the demonstrators, but, all of a sudden, the direction of the wind turned to those who threw the tear gases,” he recalled.
For his part, City Mayor Evelio Leonardia described the EDSA revolution as “history changing” or the biggest turning point in the country’s history.
“It was the time in history that we stood proud,” said Leonardia, who was the president of Negros Press Club when the revolt broke out.
The commemoration of 27th anniversary of EDSA People Power Revolution here was also attended by Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office director Senior Supt. Celestino Guara and Philippine Army’s 302nd Infantry Battalion commander Col. Oscar Lactao. (PNA)