FVR hopes Duterte will attend 32nd People Power anniversary

Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 22 2018 08:14 PM

Former President Fidel V. Ramos is hoping that President Rodrigo Duterte will attend the 32nd anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution on Sunday.

President Duterte was absent in last year's commemoration.

"Ako ay nakatanggap ng invitation from Pres. Duterte. I hope he'll be there. That's where he belongs, as tatay ng ating malaking, malawak na Filipino family," Ramos said after speaking at a forum at the University of the Philippines on Thursday afternoon.

Ramos said he will lead veterans, soldiers, policemen and their families during the celebration.

"Ang mahalaga ang salubungan ng civilian at military plus the police, there at the People Power Monument. Sama ka," he said, enticing even reporters to come.

He also encouraged those in the provinces to participate by joining flag ceremonies in provincial capitals and city halls of chartered cities.

Ramos also hopes the President will heed his suggestion to establish a Filipino People Power Learning Center at EDSA.

"Sana, the President, as we recommended long time ago, will get or allocate 2.5 to 3 hectares of Camp Aguinaldo, doon sa likod ng People Power Monument, lalagyan ng People Power Freedom Learning Center," he said.

Ramos, who spoke before UP students, said 32 years after the EDSA People Power Revolution, the Philippines as a democracy is still a work in progress.

"You must understand EDSA is just the beginning... It is not yet finished, it takes more than 6 years, more than a term. It takes a whole generation, maybe two. We're still unfinished," he said.

"Kaya kayo, tayo, habang nandidito pa, we have to finish it. How? Plan backward. You fix the target. Democracy dito, anong year? 2030?" he added. "Don't do anything against that [and by] moving up... Build on the gains, build on the gains."