The nation will be marking the 30th anniversary of the 1986 People Power Revolution this February 25, Thursday.
Unlike in previous years, the day this year has been declared a special non-working holiday for everyone, not just for students. That is in accordance to Proclamation 1071, which President Benigno Aquino III signed July last year. Know more about Proclamation 1071 in this link.
In the proclamation, it was claimed that the EDSA People Power Revolution “restored and ushered political, social, and economic reforms in the country” and that it “serves as an inspiration to Filipinos everywhere as a nation and as a people.”
It added that declaring the 30th anniversary of People Power I as a special non-working holiday was recommended by the EDSA People Power Commission.
This year’s celebration will no doubt be viewed in the context of the 2016 presidential elections. For a start, Aquino in no small part was propelled to the presidency by the outpouring of public sympathy following the death of former President Corazon Aquino, the heroine of EDSA 1986.
Former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas is seeking the presidency by essentially saying that if elected, he will be continuing much if not everything Aquino started. He even used as a campaign symbol the yellow color long associated with the Aquino family.
Despite that, it can be argued that Vice President Jejomar Binay actually has a stronger claim of being connected to EDSA 1986 because he was a part of it and because he enjoyed a close relationship with the late President Aquino throughout his political career.
On the other hand, Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the son and namesake of the man who was ousted in the aftermath of EDSA 1986, now has a very good shot at getting elected Vice President.