By CNN Philippines Staff
President Rodrigo Duterte will “most likely” skip the 33rd anniversary rites of the EDSA People Power revolution again, his spokesperson said Wednesday.
While there’s no official word yet from Duterte, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo noted the former may miss the February 25 commemoration for the third straight year due to several work commitments.
“Wala pang nababanggit, pero umattend ba siya noon? Last time wala naman eh. Two years na siyang wala eh,” Panelo said in his regular media briefing in Malacañang.”
[Translation: There’s no word yet, but did he attend in the past? Last time, he wasn’t there. He hasn’t attended for two years.]
“Most likely, hindi rin siya aattend. Maraming trahabo si Presidente eh. Kahapon nga eh, nagmamadali siyang tapusin, 30 minutes, kasi meron siyang lakad, sipag,” he added.
[Translation: Most likely, he will not attend again. He has a lot of work to do. Just yesterday, he was rushing something for 30 minutes, because he had another commitment. He’s very hardworking.]
Duterte had opted to skip the 2018 government-led celebration of the revolution as he was in Mindanao for an “important event.”
In 2017, the chief executive was also in Davao during the anniversary to lead a turnover of a drug rehabilitation center as well as the launch of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission.
The government back then led a simple, low-key celebration of the People Power revolt– something that was heavily criticized by detractors. The event came after Duterte in November 2016 allowed the controversial burial of the late former President Ferdinand Marcos in Libingan ng mga Bayani.
The People Power Revolution in 1986 was a civil resistance against the iron-fist rule of Marcos. The popular movement led to the ouster of the late strongman.