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EDSA Disunited: 31 years later

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 26 2017 01:03 AM | Updated as of Feb 26 2017 08:49 AM

An event that brought Filipinos together 31 years ago has become the reason for conflicting forces to hold separate rallies to press their personal causes.

At the People Power Monument along EDSA on Saturday, forces opposed to President Rodrigo Duterte's administration gathered in celebration of the original People Power 31 years ago but not without the political color that has made it the congregation of the camp identified with the Aquinos.

The anti-Marcos movement was also present on EDSA to denounce the burial of the late dictator at Libingan ng mga Bayani and point out striking similarities between Marcos and the current president.

On the other side of the city, forces loyal to Duterte held their own rally at the Quirino Grandstand to show their strong support for the president, including his controversial war on illegal drugs, the administration's centerpiece program.

Meanwhile, leftists stormed the US embassy and pressed for independence from US intervention, whether it be tainted by Aquino or Duterte.

Even as streamers and placards call for peace and unity, the telling image that stands out is undeniable: the country today is deeply divided.

Members of the Block Marcos movement raise mock shovels to symbolize their call for the exhumation of the remains of former President Ferdinand Marcos during a rally to commemorate the 31st anniversary of the EDSA People Power revolution at the EDSA People Power Monument. Allan Gomez, NPPA

Protesters gather at the EDSA Shrine at the corner of EDSA and Ortigas Avenue to commemorate the 31st anniversary of the EDSA People Power revolution. Angie De Silva, ABS-CBN News

Police keep watch on demonstrators attending the commemoration of the EDSA People Power revolution at the EDSA Shrine. Angie De Silva, ABS-CBN News

Protesters from a different generation join the commemoration of the EDSA People Power revolution. AC Dimatatac, ABS-CBN News

Protesters point out the similarities between the Duterte administration and the regime of Ferdinand Marcos, who was deposed at the height of the EDSA People Power revolution 31 years ago. AC Dimatatac, ABS-CBN News

Former President Benigno Aquino III arrives at the ceremony commemorating the 1986 EDSA Revolution at the People Power Monument. Larry Monserate Piojo, ABS-CBN News Larry Monserate Piojo, ABS-CBN News

A protester hands out rosaries to anti-riot policemen during the commemoration of the EDSA People Power revolution in Quezon City. Edwin Tuyay, NPPA

Vice-President Leni Robredo joins the commemoration of the EDSA People Power revolution in Quezon City. Edwin Tuyay, NPPA

Members of the Catholic Church join the commemoration of the EDSA People Power revolution in Quezon City. Edwin Tuyay, NPPA

Protesters show their support for Senator Leila De Lima during the commemoration of the EDSA People Power revolution in Quezon City. Edwin Tuyay, NPPA

Placards showing a split image of former President Ferdinand Marcos and son Bongbong Marcos appear during the 31st anniversary of the EDSA People Power revolution. Edwin Tuyay, NPPA

Musician and political activist Jim Paredes (right) confronts a group of Duterte supporters who crashed the celebration of the EDSA People Power revolution in Quezon City. Michael Bagtas, ABS-CBN News

Activists march on EDSA on their way to protest in front of the Armed Forces of the Philippines headquarters in Quezon City during the 31st anniversary of the EDSA People Power revolution. Noel Celis, AFP

Activists urging the release of political prisoners rally in front of the gate of the Armed Forces of the Philippines headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo. Angie De Silva, ABS-CBN News

Cultural and political activist Mae Paner, aka Juana Change, joins the protest against President Rodrigo Duterte. Michael Bagtas, ABS-CBN News

An anti-Marcos protester holds a placard with a slogan "Marcos Thief" during a protest in front of Libingan ng mga Bayani to coincide with the anniversary of the EDSA People Power revolution. Ted Ajibe, AFP

Anti-riot policemen clash with members of a militant group that marched to the US Embassy in Manila on the 31st anniversary of the 1986 EDSA People Power revolution to assail President Rodrigo Duterte's all-out war on illegal drugs. Mike Alquinto, NPPA

Firemen use a water cannon on a group of protesters who marched to the US Embassy in Manila on the 31st anniversary of the 1986 EDSA People Power revolution to assail President Rodrigo Duterte's all-out war on illegal drugs. Mike Alquinto, NPPA

Protesters disperse after anti-riot policemen fired tear gas at them. The demonstrators marched to the US Embassy in Manila on the 31st anniversary of the 1986 EDSA People Power revolution. Larry Monserate Piojo, ABS-CBN News

Police disperse a group of protesters who marched to the US Embassy in Manila on the 31st anniversary of the 1986 EDSA People Power revolution. Larry Monserate Piojo, ABS-CBN News

Supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte gather at Quirino Grandstand in Luneta Park to back the administration’s war against illegal drugs and poverty. Allan Gomez, NPPA

Mayor Lani Mercado-Revilla and son Jolo Revilla join supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte gathered at Quirino Grandstand in Luneta Park to back the administration’s war against illegal drugs and poverty. Allan Gomez, NPPA

Supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte gather at Quirino Grandstand in Luneta Park to back the administration’s war against illegal drugs and poverty. Allan Gomez, NPPA

Supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte huddle through the night at Quirino Grandstand in Luneta Park as they listen to speeches calling on support for the administration’s war against illegal drugs and poverty. Allan Gomez, NPPA