Solon proposes changing “EDSA” to “Cory Aquino Avenue”

In honor of the late president and the “icon” of democracy in the Philippines, a Filipino lawmaker suggested renaming the Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) to Cory Aquino Avenue.

“It would be but a fitting tribute to former President Corazon Aquino, woman of courage and valor, that EDSA, an avenue that became testament to the country’s love of democracy, be named after her,” said Bohol Representative Rene Relampagos.

The late president Cory Aquino is connected with the history of EDSA as the venue of the 1986 People Power Revolution that ousted Former President Ferdinand Marcos and made Aquino president.

EDSA is one of the main roads in Metro Manila stretching 54 kilometers. Before it was renamed after the Filipino Historian, Epifanio de los Santos in 1959 through Republic Act 2140, EDSA was known as Highway 54.

However, the news was not welcomed by netizens in the country. Others expressed their frustrations on the lack of focus of Filipino lawmakers on more important matters such as government budget and developmental laws. While others expressed their sentiments on why the government is focusing on lighter issues on renaming EDSA wherein the issue of heavy traffic is much more important and timely.

Cardinal Rosales instigates a clear stand on People Power

Cardinal Rosales

Cardinal Rosales

After receiving flak on the matter, Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales blinked and clarified he is not against the use of people power if the elections are thwarted.

At the same time, Rosales said he did not mean to hurt anyone when he branded calls for people power at this time as “crazy,” and that he should have reflected on the matter.

“He was not against People Power, by itself, against dictators and injustices, for which he prayed much during the first EDSA 1986. The interview words he used should have been well reflected on, words he (lately and now) admittedly did not mean (much less to hurt the sensibilities of others),” a statement from Rosales’ office said.

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Cory Aquino magic is back

In death, she revives People Power.

MANILA, Philippines—For one last time, Corazon Aquino returned to the scenes of her greatest political triumphs.

And as it was more than two decades ago, she drew multitudes who showered her with cheers, confetti and even tears in a huge outpouring of love and gratitude for the woman who led them in their fight to win back their freedom.

Ayala Avenue in Makati, where Aquino marched to defy a dictator in 1983, and EDSA (Epifanio delos Santos Avenue), where the People Power Revolution she inspired was born, turned into seas of yellow for one brief afternoon.

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A nation’s mural revisited

As the EDSA People Power anniversary rites unfolded for the nth time last February, we couldn’t help but notice the apparent loss of public engagement in this historic event that abruptly altered the course of our country’s history.

Though there was the usual token participation by government and a number of representatives from civil society, as well as relatively earnest efforts by the media folk to rekindle the significance of the event, there was, on the whole, little else to call to mind the people’s valiant acts to liberate themselves from the Marcos dictatorship.

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Protest vs BNPP evokes EDSA scenes

Evoking scenes from the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution, residents of Bataan and neighboring provinces clutched rosaries, carried images of the Virgin Mary and prayed as they marched here Monday in protest of a plan to reopen the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) located in this city. Meeting in front of St. Joseph Cathedral, nuns, tribal folk, environmental groups, students and parish leaders joined the protest in response to a call from Balanga Bishop Socrates Villegas to block a bill reviving the facility built during the administration of the late President Ferdinand Marcos but later mothballed because of safety concerns and corruption issues.

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The President’s men

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile pooh-poohs concerns over President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s continuing appointment of retired military and police officials to significant positions, saying in effect that these people posed no danger to the supremacy of the civilian government. That’s par for the course coming from a man with an interesting past — a defense minister and martial law enforcer who is now a senator of the realm, who was a key figure of EDSA People Power I uprising but eventually became a considered thorn in the side of the Corazon Aquino administration, and who was and is looked up to by known coup plotters and others who at one time or another swore by the swift, sharp wonders of a putsch.
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