Duterte: EDSA spirit not owned by single group, but belongs to all Filipinos

  • President stressed that no single group can lay claim to EDSA spirit
  • He said all patriotic, freedom-loving Filipinos created the movement out of love for country
  • He also said Filipinos should aspire to be heroes in their own way in keeping with the spirit of EDSA

MANILA, Philippines – In his message read by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea during the 31st commemoration of the People Power Revolution at Camp Aguinaldo, President Rodrigo Duterte said EDSA spirit was a movement created and owned by the Filipino people.

“It was a movement of, by, and for the Filipino people brought about by their profound love of country,” the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted him as saying.

In this manner, Duterte said no single group could lay claim to the spirit of EDSA.

“The spirit of Edsa does not belong to one sector or one group of people, but to all Filipinos who believe in freedom and a democratic way of life,” he said. “No single party, ideology, religion, or individual could claim credit for the bloodless revolution at Edsa, in the same way that no single party, ideology, religion or individual could claim a monopoly of patriotism.”

Duterte also urged present Filipinos to continue the spirit of EDSA by being heroes in their everyday lives.

“EDSA lives on and its spirit should continue to inspire heroism in all of us for the greater glory of God and country,” he said. “True heroes, after all, are found in every one of us who do, with each passing day, our quiet work of nation-building–dutifully, joyfully, passionately–in spite of our occasional differences.”

The president also invited all Filipinos to do their share in nation-building “so that the gains of a truly free and democratic society can be felt by all.”