PNoy marks EDSA Revolution anniversary in Cebu

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 25 2014 10:41 AM | Updated as of Feb 25 2014 06:41 PM

CEBU - President Aquino is in Cebu today to mark the 28th anniversary of the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution.

This is the President's first visit to Cebu since super typhoon Yolanda stuck parts of the Visayas last year, leaving over 6,000 people dead.

The traditional "Salubungan", a reenactment of the civilians and military joining forces to topple the Marcos dictatorship was held at the Cebu Capitol.

Actor Dingdong Dantes played the role of then Armed Forces deputy chief of staff Fidel V. Ramos while Senator Bam Aquino played the role of his uncle, former senator Butz Aquino, one of the civilian leaders who linked up with the military on EDSA in 1986.

In his speech, President Aquino explained why he chose to hold the commemoration in Cebu.

"Buong buo sa loob ng Cebuano kung ano ang tama at kung paano dapat labanan ang mali...Para sakin ho, kung sasabihin natin kung ang huling yugto o huling kabanata ng pakikipaglaban na maibalik ang demokrasya ay nangyari sa EDA, pwede natin masami ang unang yugto ay nagumpisa naman sa Cebu," he said.

The President also mentioned the SLEX-NLEX connector project, which he said should have been implemented during the Marcos administration.

"Isa sa mga proyekto na gagawin sa Manila ay yung tinatawag na SLEX-NLEX connector. Ibig sabihin SLEX-NLEX magkakaroon ng dugtong para di ka na tatahak sa EDSA kung san magdadagdag ka ng 2 hours sa byahe...Bakit ko ho nabanggit yon? Ang unang plano nyan ay 1970s panahon pa ni Marcos. Binigyan ng prangkisa yung kumpanyang yan. 30 years, tinayo yan NLEX in 30 years. Kailangan umabot na Pangasinan at umabot Lucena, Quezon at meron pagitan na magdudugtong sa dalawa. Yung pangako nila kami na po ang magtutupad."

After the festivities at the capitol, President Aquino will proceed to Bantayan Island in Northern Cebu, Leyte and Eastern Samar, which were also ravaged by Yolanda to hold town hall meetings with survivors.