MANILA - Partisan politics should be kept out of the commemoration of the EDSA People Power uprising, Vice President Leni Robredo said Saturday.
The country on Monday will mark the 33rd anniversary of the 1986 peaceful revolt that toppled the regime of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
President Rodrigo Duterte, an ally of the Marcos family, will likely stay away from the EDSA rites for the third straight year, his spokesperson, Salvador Panelo was quoted as saying in a media report.
While no one is being forced to attend the commemoration, Robredo said looking at EDSA Revolution as purely the work of "yellows" was an insult to people who had no political affiliation but still took part in the uprising.
"Ito kasi choice niya (Duterte) naman. Wala namang pinipilit mag-attend ng commemoration. Yung sa atin lang sana ma-break yung misconception na 'yung EDSA ay mga dilawan," Robredo during EDSA rites in her hometown, Naga City.
"Dahil tingin ko kung ganito ang pagtingin natin, insulto ito sa napakaraming mga Pilipino na wala namang political affiliations nung 1986," she added.
(This is his choice. No one is being forced to attend the commemoration. We only wish to break the misconception that yellow are behind EDSA. I think that if this is our view, it would be an insult to the many Filipinos who had no political affiliations in 1986.)
"Yellow" and the term "dilawan" refer to members and supporters of the Liberal Party, which has used the color in its election campaigns since the administration of former President Corazon Aquino, Marcos' successor.
EDSA is "not defined" by any political color or specific group, said Robredo.
"Nangyari lang naman ang EDSA dahil nagkaisa ang mga Pilipino," the Vice President reasoned.
(EDSA only happened because the Filipinos united.)
"Para sa akin, mahalaga na kino-commemorate siya para hindi natin nakakalimutan yung lessons. At tingin ko pinakamahalagang lesson dun, pagpapaalala na ang kapangyarihan ay nasa kamay ng ordinardyong Pilipino," she added.
(For me, it is important that it is commemorated so we don't forget the lessons. And I think the most important lesson here is that power is in the hands of the ordinary Filipino.)
Report from Mylce Mella, ABS-CBN News