People Power commemoration not anti-Bongbong: Palace


MANILA - Malacañang on Friday denied that the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution is meant to hurt the vice presidential bid of Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr.

Celso Santiago of the Presidential Communication Operations Office stressed that the commemoration of the 1986 Revolution, which deposed the lawmaker's father, President Ferdinand Marcos, is not a campaign to endorse or discredit any candidate in the May 9 polls.

Santiago insisted that the celebration instead aims to share the truth behind the four-day People Power movement and the 14 years of Martial Law that preceded it.

"Ang gusto lang pong linawin ng EDSA People Power Commission na iyung pag-celebrate ng 30th anniversary ng EDSA People Power Revolution, ito po ay hindi kampanya laban sa o para sa isang kandidato," the Palace spokesperson told DZMM.

"Ito po ay kampanya para sa katotohanan. Gusto lang pong ipabatid ng EDSA People Power Commission iyung tunay na nangyari, hindi lang sa apat na araw ng EDSA kundi pati po iyung 14 taon ng Martial Law bago po nangyari iyung revolution."

Sen. Marcos earlier said that the Martial Law period should not be considered an election issue.

He reasoned that there are more important issues to discuss with regard to the elections, including programs and platforms that aim to uplift the lives of the Filipinos.

The namesake of the late dictator has been criticized for refusing to apologize for the atrocities committed under his father's regime. He said any injustice committed during his father's presidency was not sanctioned by the government.

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In the interview, Santiago said that among the activities for the celebration of the peaceful uprising is a series of fora and debates among students, EDSA activists and alleged victims of human rights violations under the Marcos regime.

The People Power Commission will also launch a graphic novel about the Martial Law period on Sunday.

Highlighting the commemoration is the People Power Experiential Museum, a temporary installation which may be visited for free at Camp Aguinaldo from February 23 to 26.

The museum is meant to "shock" visitors, especially young people, about the "horrors" and oppression of martial law and relive the events of the people power revolution. It will have nine halls that will feature the heroism of activists and personalities who joined the struggle against the dictatorship.

It will also feature a brief recorded message of President Aquino who will speak along the museum's theme, "EDSA 30: Ipagpapatuloy ko ang Biyahe Tungo sa Liwanag."

Santiago also reiterated Malacañang's open invitation for the public to join the activities for EDSA 30.