February 22, 2017
Bam: People Power belongs to the people
"People can celebrate EDSA People Power 1 in their own way to help keep its memory alive".
This was Sen. Bam Aquino's response to government's plan to hold a quiet and simple ceremony in commemoration of the bloodless revolution's 31st anniversary Saturday inside Camp Aguinaldo.
"Ang celebration ng People Power ay nasa taumbayan. Hindi iyan pagmamay-ari ng isang tao o isang pamilya," Sen. Bam stressed in a television interview.
"That belongs to the people and it's up to the people. Maraming iba't-ibang mga bagay kung paano maaaring ipagdiwang ng taumbayan ang okasyon," he added.
Sen. Bam said he respects the government's decision to hold a simple celebration, saying it's their prerogative.
"I think government doing that move it's probably the best move for them at this point, considering that President Duterte is also not attending," said Sen. Bam.
Meanwhile, Sen. Bam said the fight against corruption and threat to democracy remains, 31 years after the historic event that toppled the Marcos dictatorship.
"We're still fighting against corruption. Marami pa ring mga nangyayaring hindi dapat mangyari pagdating sa korapsyon," Sen. Bam said.
"We're fighting for democracy. We're fighting for people to be able to speak up. Before, they were fighting for press freedom. Now, it's freedom online - to be able to say what you want to say without being trolled," he pointed out.
Sen. Bam also stressed that dissent actually results in better policy, adding that exchange of ideas sometimes leads to better things.
"We should allow for these democratic spaces, especially this week na inaalala natin ang EDSA," the lawmaker said.
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