Duterte to again skip EDSA People Power anniversary

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Posted at Feb 23 2018 01:55 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte will not join the 32nd EDSA People Power anniversary celebration in Metro Manila on February 25, a People Power Commission member said Friday.

"The president will be in Davao City during the EDSA People Power anniversary celebrations. He is a very prudent person. He said, 'Wala naman ako diyan (EDSA People Power) and I want to spend it with my people in Davao,'" People Power Commission member Pastor "Boy" Saycon told ANC's Early Edition.

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Last year, Duterte also skipped the EDSA anniversary rites held in Camp Aguinaldo as he opted to attend the relaunch of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro in Davao.

Duterte, who has been vocal about his admiration for former dictator Ferdinand Marcos, allowed the late strongman's burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in 2016 after a final go-signal from the Supreme Court. 

Duterte has also repeatedly thanked Marcos' daughter, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, for supporting his presidential bid in 2016.

"Wala akong barangay captain, congressman. Wala akong pera. Si Imee pa ang nagbigay, sabi niya inutang daw niya. Imee supported me," Duterte has said in several public speeches since he won as president.

Despite Duterte's close ties with the Marcos family, Saycon said the president still supports the spirit of the EDSA People Power anniversary celebrations.

"The instruction to the DILG [Department of Interior and Local Government] by the president was to commemorate EDSA all over the country simultaneously. There will be flag raising [ceremonies], job fairs, medical and dental [missions]," Saycon said.