In view of the Duterte government’s plan to hold a quiet ceremony to commemorate the EDSA People Power Revolution this weekend, a nephew of anti-martial law icon Ninoy Aquino on Wednesday said Filipinos can keep its memory alive “in their own way.”
"People can celebrate EDSA People Power 1 in their own way to help keep its memory alive…Ang celebration ng People Power ay nasa taumbayan. Hindi iyan pagmamay-ari ng isang tao o isang pamilya," Sen. Bam Aquino said in a television interview.
He also said he respects the government’s decision to have a small celebration, as it is the administration’s prerogative.
"I think government doing that move, it's probably the best move for them at this point, considering that President [Rodrigo] Duterte is also not attending," Aquino said.
Earlier, former Senator Rene Saguisag said that while it is “unfortunate” that the government is only quietly commemorating the milestone, Duterte’s indifference made the EDSA People Power Revolution relevant for the youth.
"We have to thank the new president who has made it necessary to review what happened in 1986... ngayon nagtatanong ang mga kabataan, mga millennials kung ano ba talaga ang nangyari," Saguisag said.
Historian Jo-ed Tirol said that it is now the chance for millennials to know the events of the past.
"It's not the end. It's the beginning of the awakening of many young people who did not care," Tirol said.
Former President Fidel V. Ramos, a key player in the peaceful revolution, on Monday said that he did not understand the government’s decision to downplay a historical milestone, and questioned the administration’s excuse that the low-key commemoration is to avoid aggravating traffic conditions in Metro Manila.
The Palace denied that a low-key celebration of the 31st anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution was due to Duterte’s ties with the Marcoses, who were ousted in 1986.
"The simplicity does not in any way mean we are giving less significance to the EDSA People Power Revolution... It is more of a time to reflect that is why we are doing this as simple as possible, senior deputy executive secretary Menardo Guevarra said on Tuesday.