Cebu militants, soldiers celebrate EDSA revolution

Posted on February 26, 2011

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25th EDSA ANNIVERSARY. Doves are released at Fuente Osmena, site of anti-Marcos protest rallies in the 1980s, led by human rights lawyer Democrito Barcenas, Arman Perez and other celebrators. (CDN PHOTO/ TONEE DESPOJO)

A mixed celebration of music, protest marches, speech contests and tree planting in Cebu City marked yesterday’s observance of the 25th  anniversary of the 1986 EDSA People Power revolution. 

In Fuente Osmeña park, scene of anti-Marcos demonstrations in the 1980s, human rights lawyer Democrito Barcenas and wife Lourdes, with Bayan Muna’s Arman Perez, led the release of doves in the air. 

The symbolic exercise of freedom was part of ABS-CBN’s whole-day program to remember EDSA’s legacy with activities that included speech contests and choir music.

 

Militant groups led by  Bayan Central Visayas marched from Fuente Osmeña to Colon Street. 

Bayan provincial chairman and Jaime Paglinawan said nothing had changed after 25 years. 

He said different administrations have come and gone but  the country and its people are still suffering from false hopes, broken promises and  corruption. 

“We are marching not because we are celebrating EDSA but we are seeking justice from those who are in power. We are asking for change,” Paglinawan said, citing problems of unemployment, human rights violation and political killings. 

Meanwhile, 200 soldiers in the Central Command (Centcom) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines held a simultaneous tree planting activity in the Visayas. 

AFP  Vice Chief of Staff Lt. General Reynaldo Mapagu led a day of  lectures on reforms and changes in the AFP. 

Mapagu said EDSA  paved the way for concrete reforms in the organization.  
“We’re still improving our systems,” he said. 

Lt. Gen. Ralph Villanueva, Centcom chief,  said, “The  present administration is judiciously working out reforms at all levels of governance to ensure that public monies are spent with fiscal prudence.” /WITH CORRESPONDENTS PRINCESS KATHLEENE GABUNALES AND CARMEL LOISE MATUS

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