Enrile on EDSA: Nothing accomplished after 30 years

  • Senator Enrile says EDSA has not accomplished anything even after 30 years
  • He chooses not to attend the event since there is nothing to celebrate anyway
  • The former defense minister under Marcos also slammed Aquino for condemning the regime of the late dictator

MANILA, Philippines  – Despite being one of the key players in the EDSA People Power of 1986, Senator Juan Ponce-Enrile believes there is nothing to celebrate about the historic event since it failed to accomplished anything over the last 30 years.

The former defense minister who betrayed the late President Ferdinand Marcos to lead an armed revolt with then Vice Chief of Staff Fidel V. Ramos and a group of renegade soldiers led by former Col. Gringo Honasan said they’re the ones who laid their lives back then to restore democracy in the country.

However, Enrile said those who succeeded Marcos in Malacañang end up enriching themselves and fought for greed and power in the Cory Aquino government.

“Kami buhay ang itinaya namin doon e, pero kahit sinasabi nila na kami sine-save nila, pero kapalit doon ay naging makapangyarihan sila. Wala naman silang ginawa, panay pahirap sa bayan,” Enrile told Manila Bulletin in a phone interview.

[We laid our lives back then, but they’ve been claiming to have saved us, and then they eventually wallowed in power. They did nothing except oppress the people.]

Nothing was accomplished

Enrile, who was snubbed by organizers of the EDSA 30th anniversary commemoration, said he intends not to attend the event since there is nothing to celebrate anyway.

“As far as we are concerned, nothing was accomplished in the past 30 years since that fateful year because they don’t understand the purpose or rationale of what we did,” the former Senate Majority Floor Leader said. (Click here to read more)

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