Friday, February 26, 2016

PNoy encourages youth to study the history of the EDSA revolt February 26, 2016

From the Website of the President

PNoy encourages youth to study the history of the EDSA revolt February 26, 2016
President Benigno S. Aquino III has told the country’s youth to know the history of the EDSA People Power Revolution to avoid a repeat of the dark years of Marital Law.

In his speech during the 30th anniversary celebration of the EDSA revolt on Thursday, the President recalled the hardships during martial rule when the government suppressed freedom as former president Ferdinand Marcos and his cronies committed abuses and engaged in corruption.

“Ngayon po, ang hiling ko sa kabataan: Alamin ninyo ang nangyari noong EDSA,” he said, addressing young Filipinos.

“Meron tayong museo na bahagi ng ating pagdiriwang: Ang EDSA People Power Experiential Museum, kung saan sa bahagya ninyong mararanasan ang kalupitang ipinatupad noong diktadurya, sulitin sana ninyo ang pagkakataong itong makita kung gaano kahalaga ang kalayaan at demokrasyang nasa sa inyo nang mga kamay.”

The President said he believes that today’s young generation appreciates the sacrifices made by their elders, especially those who fought Martial Law.

Young Filipinos can reap the fruit of the reforms sowed today in decades to come, he said.

Quoting the words of his mother, the late president Corazon Aquino, he said, “The problems we face are our generation’s making. It is our generation that has to correct them. Your role is to prepare yourselves better to avoid making the same mistakes.”

Today’s young people are free to dream, have careers and nurture their own families, things that were difficult to do during the Martial Law years, he said.

“Kayo ang pinakamakikinabang kung mapapangalagaan ang ating kalayaan, kaya’t nawa’y maunawaan ninyo ang tangan ninyong responsibilidad. Nawa’y mag-ambagan tayong lahat, upang hindi na kailanman muling manaig ang kadiliman sa Pilipinas,” he told the youth.

“Nawa’y ang kalayaang kay tagal nating minithi ay hinding-hindi na mababawing muli.”

Present generations of Filipinos must stand firm because there are groups that remain loyal to the Marcoses, who want to erase the abuses and excesses of the past.

These people want the public to believe that the country benefitted from the dictatorship, calling the Martial Law years the golden days of the Philippines, the President said.

The President mentioned the achievements of the reformed government under “Daang Matuwid”, such as the 4.4 million Filipinos benefitting from the Pantawid Pamilya Program, the 92 percent of the population who were beneficiaries of PhilHealth, 40 percent of the poorest of the poor having access to free medical care in government hospitals and the recorded lowest unemployment rate in the past 10 years.

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