By Vanne Elaine Terrazola
The EDSA People Power Revolution is not about the “yellows” but the fight for democracy.
Senator Francis Pangilinan, president of the opposition Liberal Party (LP), clarified this as he urged all Filipinos to join in celebrating the 32nd anniversary of the peaceful demonstration which ended the rule of late dictator Pres. Ferdinand Marcos in 1986.
“Ang totoo nyan hindi nga naman usapin ang Dilaw versus anumang kulay. Yung People Power was democracy versus dictatorship (It is not a debate between the ‘Yellow’ versus any other political colors. People Power was a fight for democracy versus dictatorship),” Pangilinan told reporters in an interview at the sidelines of a hearing in Cagayan de Oro City Friday.
“It was a struggle not between colors. It was a struggle against an abusive, corrupt dictator and everyone who participated in opposing that corrupt and abusive regime should be welcome to participate,” he added.
Supporters of the Duterte administration often call critics and members of the opposition as “dilawan” or yellow, the color associated to the LP, which ruled during the administrations of former President Cory Aquino, and her son, former Pres. Benigno Simeon Aquino III.
But attributing the famous revolution to one political color, Pangilinan said, “is a disservice to all those who sacrificed their lives, who gave up their lives to oppose the dictatorship.”
“It’s not about colors, it’s about opposing a corrupt dictator. Anybody who loves democracy and anybody who cares for human rights and our freedoms should be part of that celebration,” he reiterated.
“Whether you are blue, red, white, or green, you, we, are all benefiting from the freedom that we are able to regain after the ouster of dictatorship. So we should all be thankful,” he said.
Sen. Bam Aquino, for his part, urged Filipinos to use the spirit of People Power Revolution in speaking out against bashers, online misinformation, and tackling government controversies and issues of national interest.
“Kung dati, tangke ang karahap natin sa EDSA, ang kalaban natin ngayon ay mga nagpapakalat ng pekeng balita at trolls sa social media (If before, we are facing military tanks in EDSA, our enemies today are those who spread fake news and trolls in social media),” Aquino said in a television interview.
“Kailangan natin mahanap ang ating boses. Magsalita tayo at makilahok tayo sa mga nangyayari sa ating bayan, lalo na kapag may nakikita tayong mali (We have to use our voice to speak up and engage in what is happening in our country, especially if we see something wrong),” he added.
Aquino said “today’s battle” is no different from the ideals being fought for 32 years ago.
“Ipagdiwang natin ang EDSA at alalahanin ang mga ipinaglaban noon – wakasan ang korupsyon, patibayin ang malayang media, at itaguyod ang karapatan ng mga Pilipino (Let us celebrate EDSA and remember what we have fought for — end corruption, strengthen press freedom and uphold the rights of Filipinos),” Aquino said.
Echoing Pangilinan, Aquino said, “Beyond politics, beyond political colors, beyond political parties, EDSA People Power is about fighting dictatorship and the restoration of democracy in our country.”
Various groups are expected to hold demonstration in commemoration of the EDSA People Power which ousted Marcos the dictatorship.