The President is not expected to attend the 31st-anniversary celebration of the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution but anything can happen. Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella confirms that Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea represents Du30 during the activity in Camp Aguinaldo. President Digong is scheduled on February 24 to go to the Bangsamoro Transition meeting in Davao, at the same time the event takes place.
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The “Salubungan” where the soldiers meet up with the people is not reenacted this time.This is one of the major changes in this year’s 31st Edsa celebration of the People’s Power revolution. It’s the first under the Duterte administration. The same simple ceremony as the hero’s burial for the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos. It keeps the administration’s bid to make things simple, Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra said.
Abella hints that the president has a surprise during the Edsa celebration. However, the spokesman also talks about the launch of the renewed effort to implement the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro where President Digong is scheduled to attend in Davao City.
When there’s Smoke, there’s Fire at the Edsa Celebration
There are rumors that the Liberal Party prepares to oust the president that coincides with the Edsa celebration. The administration is prepared for this. This is the reason why the official 31st Anniversary is on Feb 24 and not the usual date on the 25th. Aside from the “Walk for Life” gathering of the church prior to the anniversary, there are anti-administration groups that plan to hold rallies. It is not certain, however, if they can beat the pro-administration crowd at Luneta on the 25th.
Rally behind the President at Quirino Grandstand on Feb 25
People who still believe in genuine change that the president aims for gather on Feb 25th at the Quirino Grandstand, Rizal Park in Luneta. This is a way to show support to the policies of the president amidst speculations that some give up on him due to alleged extra-judicial killings. Davao death squad rumors also add up to it. It is interesting to see if the president remains popular after the senate dramas of the anti-administration senators.