On Sunday, February 20, members of political group Akbayan held an advanced commemoration of the revolt at the EDSA People Power Monument. Wearing black shirts, the participants set up a six-foot diameter giant funeral wreath at the monument with the message, “Huwag pumayag patayin muli ang demokrasya.” (Don’t let democracy be killed again.)
The participants also brought a streamer with the message, “Kay Marcos Jr., ipaglalamay muli ang demokrasya.” (Under Marcos Jr, we will again mourn democracy.)
“Let us not allow them to kill our democracy again. When the Marcos family returns to power, they will not only erase and dismantle our murals and posters; they will also erase our history and truth. They will dismantle our freedom and democracy, ”said Akbayan First Nominee Perci Cendaña.
“The Marcoses are not victims of Edsa. There was Edsa because of the sheer number of victims. The Marcoses are democracy killers. They are serial killers of democracy and its institutions. They did it before under their father’s Martial Law. They will do it again with the son’s troll armies and fake news peddlers”, Cendaña added.
Akbayan Second Nominee and Akbayan Youth Chairperson Dr. RJ Naguit to young voters not to allow the Marcoses “to plunder their future with their own votes.”
“The Marcoses tried to steal our past with their historical distortion, their lies and fantasies. Now, they want to use the elections to steal our future,” Naguit said.
“Let us not let the Marcoses thieves steal our future with our votes. We call on the Filipino youth to wage a new people power through the ballot box. Let us not allow the Marcoses to plunder our future with our own votes. “Our democracy cannot die a second death,” Naguit concluded.
Exactly 36 years ago, the people-led revolt toppled the tyrant and dictator former President Ferdinand Marcos.