President Benigno Simeon Aquino III leads commemorative activities of the 29th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution in White Plains Avenue corner EDSA on Wednesday (February 25, 2015). Also in photo are EPPC commissioner Herminio “Ogie” Alcasid, Jr., Executive Secretary and EDSA People Power Commission chairperson Paquito Ochoa, Jr. and EPPC commissioner Cesar Sarino. (Photo by Gil Nartea / Lauro Montellano, Jr. / Malacañang Photo Bureau)
MANILA, Philippines – “We shall give due recognition before the EDSA People Power Monument because this is the symbol of our genuine love for our country and for every triumph we have achieved through people power.”
President Benigno Aquino III led the wreath-laying ceremony on the EDSA People Power Monument as part of the commemoration of the People Power revolution today, February 25.
Joining the president is Vice President Jejomar Binay, some members of the cabinet, officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and the Philippine National Police (PNP).
This year’s celebration of the Edsa People Power revolution was simple and peaceful.
According to Vice President Binay, extravagance is not of significance for today’s commemoration of the EDSA People Power.
“By and large, it is not probably expressed but within their hearts, they still remember the ideals of the EDSA revolution,” the Vice President said.
During the celebration of the People Power, President Aquino calls on the nation to continue the fight for peace, and not to forget the sacrifice of the SAF44 towards attaining peace.
“What happened in Mamasapano was truly painful. Let us not forget that our policemen went there, not to wreak havoc, but to enforce the law. They sacrificed themselves to attain peace, so it is not reasonable that what they did for peace’s sake will just give birth to violence,” Aquino said.
The President added, he wouldn’t allow the conflict in Mindanao to aggravate and to forsake the establishment of the Bangsamoro towards real peace in the region.
“If we will submit to those against peace, it is as if we are passively allowing the conflict in Mindanao to get worse. If we forsake the establishment of the Bangsamoro, it is as if we are allowing them to pass on arms to the next generation of our fellow Filipinos,” he added. (Nel Maribojoc / UNTV News)