Trillanes: EDSA still “unfinished struggle”
MAGDALO BROTHERS. Sen. Sonny Trillanes with Bohol STANDARD Associate Editor Fred Amora.
PANGLAO, Bohol – Senator Antonio Trillanes candidly said he considers that the EDSA celebration as an unfinished struggle towards change in governance.
“Sa totoo lang, hindi pa tapos and laban tungo sa pagbabago,” he stressed in Tagalog in an excusive interview at Dumaluan Resort in Panglao yesterday where he was welcomed by former Panglao Mayor Dr. Doloreich Dumaluan.
Earlier, the senator, who is now sits as senator-judge in the on-going impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona, met and graced the gathering of the would-be members of what he called Samahang Magdalo, Tagbilaran chapter with provincial coordinator Jerry Pabe at Barangay Cogon hall in this city.
Even if former President Cory Aquino, the mother of incumbent P-Noy has started it (referring to EDSA) but “we have backslide” so many times, in fact, “we have stepped backward.”
“EDSA revolution is just a symbol” that once in history people got together to change government for a change of the country.
EDSA is an acronym of Epifanio DeLos Santos Avenue where the people massed up that formed what is now popularly called the People Power in February 1986 that eventually topple the despotic President Ferdinand Marcos.
Asked what he can suggest to P-Noy, Trillanes said that the President should stick to his mission. “He (P-Noy) should constantly remind himself kung bakit siya tumakbo ng pagka-Pangulo at ngayong panalo na siya huwag niyang kalimutan ang kadahilanan na ‘yon. Maraming kababayan na umaasa sa kanya (A lot of our countrymen pin high hopes on him to fulfill his promise.)
The senator rated P-Noy that he is on the right track as far as getting rid of corruption in government and in the reform fn the Armed Forces of the Philippines. “In other aspect of governance in economic development and poverty alleviation, he has so much work to do because these are matters that affect the lives of the people.
But for some, EDSA did not work for a change, so far, after 26th years had lapsed. For former governor Atty. Victor de la Serna, EDSA is just a dream and remains a dream, he told a radio interview yesterday.
De la Serna who fought Marcos dictatorship in the 70s and 80s instead said that it was better off during the (Marcos) despotic regime because everything seemed under control just like oil price hike unlike today it’s difficult.
He said that poverty rate was only about or less than 20% during the dictatorship but now it’s whooping to 80%, more or less, he said. The oil price was controlled by Marcos but now it pushed the consumer to the wall because then President GMA privatized oil companies, including those electric power providers such as the National Power Corporation.
Trillanes was all praises for Bohol’s natural resource as in the powdery white sand beaches he sees for himself though his visit here was not the first.
“Napakaganda po ang Bohol,” he said. This particular part (beach) of Bohol has a great potential considering that tourism “is one of the agents of growth.” This will help alleviate the poverty of our countrymen, he said. (RVO)