EDSA People Power happened because of the people's cry for good governance, vice presidential bet Senator Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan said Tuesday.
"Huwag nating kakalimutan na nangyari ang EDSA 1 [People Power] dahil gusto natin ng maayos, malinis na pamahaalan na hindi nang-aabuso sa pwesto," Pangilinan said in an interview during a campaign stop in Pampanga.
(Let us not forget that EDSA 1 happened because the people wanted an honest, competent governance where elected officials do not abuse their power.)
The nation will commemorate on February 25 the 36th anniversary of EDSA People Power which ousted the dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his family.
Pangilinan's wife, actress and singer Sharon Cuneta, then chimed in that her husband and Vice President and presidential candidate Leni Robredo are offering the sincere public service that the Filipinos have longed for.
"Gaya po ng bilin ni Maam Leni, hindi magiging gobyerno ito ng paghihiganti o ano pa man. Ito ay magiging gobyerno na lahat ay sisilbihan kapag sila ay napagbigyan," she added.
(Like what Ma'am Leni has been saying, if they will be given a chance, their governance will not be about vengeance, but about serving the people, whether they were supportive of them during the campaign or not.)
Former President Benigno Aquino III signed the Human Rights Reparation and Recognition Act into law in 2013, a law which provided financial compensation to the victims of human rights violations during the elder Marcos' Martial Law Regime from 1972 to 1986.
The compensation for the victims was funded by the ill-gotten wealth of the Marcos family that the Philippine government recovered from Swiss banks.
At least 11,000 survivors of the Martial law atrocities received compensation provided under the law based on the records of the Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board.
The dictator's son, former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr., is running for president in the 2022 polls.—LDF, GMA News