No change three decades after EDSA Revolution, says lawmaker

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NOT MUCH has changed in the government 31 years after the People Power Revolution that ousted the dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

Sen. Gregorio Honasan, one of the rebel leaders behind the overthrow of Marcos, lamented partisan politics and corruption that continue to plague the government.

“The system [of governance in the Philippines], which requires re-engineering and needed fundamental changes, was maintained. Only the people seated in office are changed,” Honasan said in a lecture last Feb. 14.

“We risked our lives for reforms [during the EDSA revolution]. The system did not change after all,” he added.

Evelyn Songco, former director of the UST Office for Student Affairs, said public officials do not value the significance of the EDSA revolution.

“We should always be vigilant of our freedom. We should not allow that our freedom be compromised,” said Songco, who taught history in UST at the time of the uprising.

“Compromising our freedom may not only come in terms of dictatorship, but abuse of our freedom can come even in different forms, like when our political leaders do not do what they are supposed to do,” she said.

Archie Resos, who teaches history at the Faculty of Arts and Letters, presented a lecture on the diplomatic relations between the United States and the Philippines prior to the EDSA revolution.

The lecture, titled “Edsa People Power: Telling the Other Side of the Story,” was the fifth part of the “The KASAYSAYan Lectures” organized the UST History Society.

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