Duterte is spending People Power Day in Davao but cites event’s enduring symbol for freedom lovers

Duterte is spending People Power Day in Davao but cites event’s enduring symbol for freedom lovers

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that President Rodrigo Duterte would not attend the People Power anniversary celebration on February 25 for the second straight year. Roque said Duterte would be in Davao on Sunday. In 2017, Duterte also skipped the EDSA anniversary rites at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City to attend the relaunch of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro in Davao city.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that President Rodrigo Duterte would not attend the People Power anniversary celebration on February 25 for the second straight year.

Roque said Duterte would be in Davao on Sunday.

In 2017, Duterte also skipped the EDSA anniversary rites at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City to attend the relaunch of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro in Davao city.

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Duterte, however, gave a short message for the 32nd anniversary of the People Power Revolution.

In his EDSA anniversary message, Duterte said the 1986 revolt that toppled the 30-year rule of then President Ferdinand Marcos, has shown the world “a people’s courage and resolve can alter the course of our nation’s history.”

Duterte said since then, the event also became a symbol of determination to fight for what is right.

“The People Power Revolution has become the enduring symbol of our determination to fight for what is right and–during our country’s most crucial and trying times–to defend and uphold our cherished democratic values,” Duterte said.

The President said that an empowered citizenry wAS what it takes to further enrich the state’s democracy.

“Let us further enrich our democracy by empowering our citizenry, defending their rights and strengthening the institutions that safeguard their freedom,” he added.

he expressed hope that the occasion would foster unity and solidarity as the people pursue common hopes and aspirations for the nation.

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