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Arroyo Skips Main EDSA People Power Commemoration

February 25, 2009

gma-in-taguig-montage-edsa-feb22The indicators are unmistakeable.

Departing from tradition, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo last 22nd of Februay chose to ‘stage her own early ‘commemoration of the 23rd People Power Revolution at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig on the first day of the 4-day revolt that removed the Marcos dictatorship.

Only the other half of the pair who deserted Marcos was there, former defense secretary Juan Ponce, now closely aligned with GMA as Senate President.

poea-montageThen today, the actual anniversary, Mrs. Arroyo was at the historic EDSA-Ortigas Avenue intersection but not quite at the memorial rites.

She was over at the POEA Building across from the EDSA Shrine, attending a job fair.

The only indication that she had People Power in mind was that she shed her trademark blue attire for a yellow ensemble.

Clearly miffed at the Shrine was former president Fidel V. Ramos who was not mollified by the hi-and-hello attendance of Vice President Noli De Castro (Kabayan left right after the flag ceremony).

ramos-at-edsa-23-with-jump-and-quoteFVR had to content himself with old military buddy, now Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita.

As the commemorative programme at the Shrine was ending, there was sudden word that GMAwas going to try to catch up, resulting onky in vehicular traffic getting tied up.

(Come to think of it, GMA wasn’t missed by those who participated in, and have indelible memories of the original People Power.

She was not at EDSA 1 and only benefditted from the version maneuvered by her military supporters while she, from her own account, was in a suite at Linden Suites in Pasig City.

Jueteng led to her predecessor’s downfall, jueteng that now has returned in full force during her watch.).

So that was how the nation’s leaders mard the 23rd anniversary of the People Power Revolution.

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