VP Robredo: No one can enslave the Filipino people

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Posted at Feb 25 2020 11:11 AM

Vice President Leni Robredo addresses the media on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, to announce that she is accepting the designation to lead the anti-illegal drug campaign. Charlie Villegas, OVP

MANILA - Vice President Leni Robredo said she believes no one can enslave the Filipino people as the country commemorates the 34th anniversary of the 1986 EDSA Revolution.

"Magsilbi nawang babala ang EDSA sa sinuman ang muling magtatangkang ikuyom tayo sa loob ng kamaong bakal: Hindi sila magtatagumpay," Robredo said in a statement as she recalled her experience during the 4-day four-day uprising that led to the ouster of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

Love bound the Filipino people then, Robredo said. Love for the country, love for each other, and love for people who fight for what is right, she added.

"Para rin ito sa susunod na salinlahi ng Pilipino, na harinawa’y hindi na nila kakailanganing danasin ang lupit ng diktadurya," she said.

There is no perfect leader and no perfect democracy, Robredo said, but Filipinos gathered then to fight for their right to live with dignity.

"Ang hinangad natin: Mabuhay nang may dignidad. Isang gobyernong hindi magsisinungaling, hindi magnanakaw, at hindi tayo aapihin. Hindi tayo papatayin," she said.

"Sa madaling salita: Isang gobyernong gagawin ang sinumpaan niyang tungkulin."

The spirit of the EDSA Revolution lives on, Robredo added.

"Buo pa rin ang aking paniniwala: mas malakas ang mga bagay na nagbibigkis sa atin, kaysa sa mga pagkakaiba o hidwaang pilit tayong pinagwawatak," she said.