CBCP reminds Filipinos to never forget the lessons of EDSA

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Catechesis and Catholic Education (CBCP-ECCE) has reminded Filipinos, especially the youth, to never forget the lessons and ideals of the EDSA People Power Revolution.

In a statement, CBCP-ECCE Chairman San Fernando de La Union Bishop Daniel Presto said this is in commemoration of the 38th anniversary of the historic bloodless revolution that toppled the dictatorship of former President Ferdinand Marcos Sr.

“Let us go back to the events that took place when the people had a non-violent reaction, a revolution there. It teaches the youth the act of non-violence against the corruption that took place. We know that with the help of the Blessed Mother in prayer, change will happen,” Bishop Presto told Radio Veritas.

The bishop also urged Filipinos to promote continuous unity in society to convey to the government and fellow citizens the problems of society that need urgent attention.

This is coupled with the need for unity among leaders, together with the citizens, to work together to enjoy progress in society.

“Above all, our desire to be prosperous and progressive in our cooperation as citizens and with our leaders, may the spirit of EDSA be realized, to transfer the love of country, to the advancement of the country for the welfare of the people,” he said.

Sr. Asuncion “Cho” Borromeo, FFM, earlier called the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution a miracle where many Filipinos showed an extraordinary display of unity.

“It was a miracle because it was a bloodless revolution. It was a people power revolution. The people came out in droves to express their disgust with the Marcos dictatorship,” Borromeo said in an interview with Radyo Veritas.

“It was a time when Filipinos showed their true colors. They were united in their desire for freedom and democracy,” she added.

The EDSA People Power Revolution is considered one of the most important events in Philippine history. It marked the end of the Marcos dictatorship and ushered in a new era of democracy in the country.

The revolution was sparked by the assassination of former Senator Benigno Aquino Jr., a leading critic of the Marcos regime. Aquino’s death led to a nationwide outpouring of grief and anger, and eventually culminated in the EDSA People Power Revolution.

The revolution was a success, and Marcos was forced to flee the country. Corazon Aquino, the widow of Benigno Aquino Jr., was then installed as the new president of the Philippines.

The EDSA People Power Revolution is a reminder of the power of the people to effect change. It is a symbol of hope and democracy, and it continues to inspire Filipinos today. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC)


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