Poverty stronger foe after 1986 revolt - Binay, Ochoa


Posted at Feb 24 2013 04:31 PM | Updated as of Feb 25 2013 04:37 AM

MANILA, Philippines -- Vice President Jejomar Binay called on the country to “transcend our differences” in order to fight the bigger enemies after the 1986 People Power.

In a statement, Binay identified these foes as hunger, poverty and underemployment.

He reminded Filipinos that the real message of the history-making People Power is for all to come together and fight the enemy.

“We can and we must transcend our differences in order to make the Revolution’s promise of shared prosperity a reality for the Filipino people,” he said.

In a separate statement, Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. also said: “While our people today enjoy the rights and freedoms guaranteed by our Constitution, there are still freedoms we must continue to fight for: freedom from poverty, freedom from hunger, freedom from want.”

Ochoa, who heads the EDSA People Power Commission (EPPC), said these are the freedoms that we should strive to work for. “And we encourage our people to stay the course and work together to realize the hopes and dreams of all those who went to EDSA 27 years ago,” he said.

Ochoa vowed that the government, under the leadership of President Benigno S. Aquino III, will continue to pursue reforms in order to preserve the gains of the bloodless People Power Revolution. Aquino’s parents, of course, played a big part in the ouster of President Ferdinand Marcos.

“As we mark the 27th anniversary of the bloodless revolution that toppled a tyrant and restored our freedom, it remains our responsibility to remind the present and future generation that the freedoms they enjoy came from the selfless sacrifice of nameless Filipinos who struggled against tyranny and oppression,” Binay also said.

On Monday, Aquino is expected to sign, during the commemoration of People Power, the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act. The bill seeks to provide reparation for the human rights victims via the P10 billion recovered from the Marcoses.