Finishing the Work of the Edsa Revolution
The government that carried unity as its platform in the 2022 national elections seems to be showing signs of discord emerging within its ranks, amid seemingly shifting political alliances and controversies surrounding issues on the so-called “people’s initiative” for Charter Change.
With this escalating rift happening just weeks before the commemoration of the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution, we are reminded of where the crux of the matter really lies. Our electoral exercises have never really manifested a real transformation among our people after more than thirty years of celebrating this historic event- not even after former President Joseph Estrada formed the EDSA People Power Commission through an Executive order in 1999. This great uprising which symbolized a change in our political system has never actually brought lasting change in our political life as a people. Somewhere down the road, we never got to finish the work we began at EDSA on that momentous day for democracy worldwide, on February 25, 1986. Likewise, it is the real spirit of EDSA that will lead us to a collective spirit to defend our Constitutions from being unscrupulously used as a political tool for vested political interests. Hence, perhaps it is time to call the EDSA Commission to assess where we are now as a people, exactly thirty-six years after the Revolution.
We are called to continue the story we have all begun, so let’s do it. Let us take the road to legitimate change and not allow ourselves to be broken and wounded time and again by those who claim to be leaders but do not really have our interests at heart.
QUOTATION OF THE WEEK:
“NO REAL SOCIAL CHANGE HAS EVER BEEN BROUGHT ABOUT WITHOUT A REVOLUTION-REVOLUTION IS BUT THOUGHT CARRIED INTO ACTION”
FOR OUR WORD OF LIFE:
“Learn to do good; Seek justice, Reprove the ruthless, Defend the orphan, Plead for the widow.”