On EDSA 1: Enrile says he has no regrets, Honasan says it inspired people power in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya; Bongbong says it’s the cause of PH pov

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Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile has said he does not regret withdrawing support from then President Ferdinand Marcos in the 1986 People Power Revolution, reports GMA News.

"Mayro’n kaming basehan kung bakit kami umaklas. ’Yong sarili namin. Dahil buhay na namin ang nakataya do’n eh. Kung anong ginawa ko, panininidigan ko ’yon," he said on Tuesday. ("We were thinking of our lives when we decided to withdraw support from Marcos. I stand by what I did.")

GMA News also quoted him as saying, "As I followed the unfolding events in the neighboring countries of Libya and others, I could not help but recall what happened here in EDSA 25 years ago." He reminded Filipinos to "hold (their heads) up high and say with unmistakable pride that EDSA did not only change us, but it also changed the world."

Another key personality in the ouster of Marcos, Gregorio "Gringo" Honasan II echoed Enrile’s sentiment. "What has happened in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Bahrain, this new wave, this fresh wind of change. Twenty-five years ago, we never imagined that this would happen in secular societies such as the ones we are observing right now in the Middle East. This is part of our legacy to the world."

GMA News quoted Enrile: "We should build on the painful, the good and bad lessons of the past and then allow our people to move forward."

Meanwhile, Marcos’ son Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. said the Philippines could have developed as much as Singapore if his father wasn’t ousted. He added, "Perhaps the celebration of (the 1986 EDSA uprising) reminds us of how much needs to be done, how much we have to work to bring that progress that we all want for our country."

In response to Marcos comparing the Philippines to Singapore, Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago said, "We cannot draw a parallel." GMA News quoted her: "Singapore is an authoritarian system just like ours (then), but the thing is that the aspect of corruption is notably absent... I don’t think they are congruent to each other."


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