Why PNoy won't be at EDSA for People Power Anniversary

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 20 2014 04:38 PM | Updated as of Feb 21 2014 12:38 AM

MANILA - The spirit of EDSA [Epifanio de los Santos Avenue] need not be confined within the four corners of the historic avenue.

This seems to be the rationale behind President Aquino's decision to celebrate the anniversary of the 1986 EDSA People Power revolution in Cebu and other areas hit by recent calamities.

ABS-CBN yesterday learned that President Aquino rejected a plan for him to lead the celebrations at the Malacañang grounds.

Aquino may also hold a town hall meeting in one of the areas that he will visit next week.

"EDSA celebration has always been symbolic. You remember the solidarity of the Filipino people that February in 1986, and I was also there in '86, so I fully agree, I fully support the decision of the President to spend his EDSA celebration in the midst of the people afflicted to show that he is one and will always be one with the people, those who suffered during the two calamities," Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said.

Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma announced last Sunday that the EDSA People Power Commission had laid out plans to hold a flag-raising and the traditional salubungan at the Malacañang grounds to prevent causing heavy traffic at EDSA.

Aquino later expressed his wish to spend the anniversary of EDSA with the calamity victims instead.

Cebu also had a significant role in the revolution. Cory Aquino campaigned there before the 1986 the snap elections and sought refuge at the Carmelite convent there at the early hours of the revolution.