Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista has urged QC Hall officials and employees to continue preserving the spirit of the EDSA People Power, which he considered as one of the most enduring legacies of the Filipino people to the world.
In a speech during a flag-raising ceremony at QC Hall, the Mayor credited people power with restoring democracy in the country and the Filipinos’ freedom to express themselves.
“True democracy was what people power has given the nation,” the Mayor said.
He also credited people power with building a strong foundation for local government units.
While the Mayor was chairman of the Kabataang Barangay in Metro Manila during that time, he believed that people power brought the best out of the Filipinos and was instrumental in uniting them as one nation especially at that time when the country was in a state of divisiveness.
“Sa ibang tao maituturing na balimbing ako, pero naniniwala pa din ako sa ipinaglaban ng people power.
According to the Mayor, people power is good when a ruler stays in power for a long time but cautioned that too much of such upheavals could ruin the institution.
In celebration of EDSA I, a photo exhibit at QC Hall is featuring pictures that captured the events during the five-day historic people power in 1986. Mayor Bautista was joined by Deputy House Speaker Erin Tanada during the opening of the exhibit.
Quezon City, as host city, also mobilized the participation of the QC Hall employees and the barangays in the “Salubungan” near the Edsa Shrine. Precy/Maureen Quinones, PAISO