VP Robredo makes no fuss about President’s non-attendance
JC News|Feb. 24, 2019
By Raymund Antonio
Vice President Leni Robredo does not want to make a big fuss of President Rodrigo Duterte’s non-interest to attend the commemoration of 33rd EDSA People Power Revolution on Monday, February 25.
Vice President Leni Robredo(Juan Carlo de Vela / MANILA BULLETIN)
Skipping the EDSA rites to commemorate the peaceful revolt that toppled former dictator Ferdinand Marcos 1986 is Duterte’s choice, Robredo said.
“Ito kasi, choice niya naman. Wala namang pinipilit na mag-attend ng commemoration,” she told reporters in Naga City, where she led the commemoration rites.
(This is his choice. No one is being forced to attend the commemoration.)
Robredo, who defeated the late dictator’s son and namesake Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in the 2016 elections, came home to attend the mass at the Immaculate Concepcion Parish to mark the occasion.
While she has been actively attending events related to the anniversary, Duterte has shown no interest in taking part in any activities.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Duterte will likely not attend this year’s celebration. This would be the third straight year that he will be absent.
The Vice President sought to disassociate the “yellow” or “dilawan” with the EDSA People Power Revolution.
Yellow is the color of Robredo’s political party, the Liberal Party. Supporters of the Duterte administration have been using dilawan as a derogatory term for his critics.
For the leader of the opposition, she found it “insulting” for many Filipinos to associate the yellows with the revolution that restored the country’s democracy.
“Iyong sa atin lang, sana ma-break lang iyong misconception na iyong EDSA ay mga dilawan,” she said.
(For me, I hope that the misconception that EDSA is only for the yellows would be broken.)
The Vice President sees it as an insult to several Filipinos who had “no political affiliations in 1986 and color that defined them, but they helped in fighting against the evil and changing the country’s wrong system.”
Robredo said the commemoration is a way to remember those who made sacrifices during the revolution against the 21-year Marcos rule.
“Mahalaga na kino-commemorate siya para hindi natin nakakalimutan iyong lessons. Iyong pinakamahalagang lesson doon, pagpapaalala na iyong kapangyarihan, nasa kamay ng ordinaryong Pilipino,” she said.
(It is important to commemorate it so we would not forget the lessons. The most important lesson there, power is in the hands of ordinary Filipinos.)