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SWS: 62% of Filipinos believe spirit of EDSA People Power still alive

Six in 10 Filipinos believe the spirit of the EDSA People Power Revolution is alive, a new poll by Social Weather Stations (SWS) has found.

Released ahead of the 37th anniversary of the historic event on February 25, the survey, which was done from December 10 to 14, 2022, showed that 62% of adult Filipinos believe that the spirit of the revolution is alive, and 37% say otherwise.

Specifically, 22% of the 1,200 respondents think that it is "definitely alive" and 41% think that it is "somewhat alive."

Meanwhile, 17% believe that it is "definitely not alive," and 21% think it is "somewhat not alive."

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has declared February 24, Friday, a special non-working day across the country to allow Filipinos "to avail of the benefits of a longer weekend...provided that the historical significance of the EDSA People Power Revolution Anniversary is maintained."

Former President Ferdinand Marcos Sr., his family, and close associates fled the country on February 25, 1986, amid the revolution.

According to the SWS survey, 57% of Filipinos think that it is still important to commemorate the revolution, while 42% believe that it is not important anymore.

Nearly half of the respondents (47%) indicated that only "few" of the EDSA People Power's promises were fulfilled, while 19% answered "most," 28% said "almost none or none," and 5% replied "all or nearly all."

The survey, which was conducted through face-to-face interviews, had sampling error margins of ±2.8% for national percentages, and ±5.7% each for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. —VBL, GMA Integrated News