Manila Bulletin

Duterte dis­play­ing strong po­lit­i­cal will – Abella

- By AR­GYLL CYRUS B. GEDUCOS Latin America News · Politics · Elections · Rodrigo Duterte · Ferdinand Marcos · Coalition · Philippine National Police · Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. · Philippines Department of the Interior and Local Government · United States Department of the Interior · Philippines · Salvador Medialdea · People Power · People Power Party

Pres­i­den­tial Spokesper­son Ernesto Abella said yes­ter­day that Duterte’s dis­play of a strong po­lit­i­cal will does not mean that the chief ex­ec­u­tive is be­com­ing a dic­ta­tor.

The re­ac­tion was made to the state­ment of the Fe­bru­ary 25 Coali­tion say­ing that the Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion is show­ing signs of a dic­ta­tor­ship like the time of for­mer Pres­i­dent Fer­di­nand Marcos.

“The sce­nar­ios listed by the Fe­bru­ary 25 Coali­tion, such as the Pres­i­dent’s ref­er­ences against some mem­bers of the clergy, and low­er­ing the age of crim­i­nal li­a­bil­ity, among oth­ers, are not signs of a loom­ing dic­ta­tor­ship, but a firm re­sponse to the pre­vail­ing is­sues of the day,” Abella said in a text mes­sage.

The Coali­tion, a group of Mar­tial Law vic­tims, on Wed­nes­day morn­ing called on the pub­lic to com­mem­o­rate the 31st an­niver­sary of the EDSA Peo­ple Power Revo­lu­tion to make them aware of the signs of a loom­ing dic­ta­tor­ship.

The group also pointed as in­di­ca­tion of a dic­ta­tor­ship the vi­o­la­tion of hu­man rights and the death of over 7,000 peo­ple dur­ing the seven-month pe­riod of the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice’s Oplan Tokhang.

The pub­lic should be on alert on the al­leged ap­point­ment of for­mer Sen­a­tor Bong­bong Marcos as the new Depart­ment of the In­te­rior and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment sec­re­tary, the Coali­tion also warned.

Malacañang ear­lier an­nounced the ap­point­ment of Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary Sal­vador Me­di­aldea as new chair­per­son of the EDSA Peo­ple Power Com­mis­sion. How­ever, the ap­point­ment of Me­di­aldea’s co-chair has not yet been an­nounced.

The theme for this year’s cel­e­bra­tion on Fe­bru­ary 25 is, “A Day of Re­flec­tion: Cel­e­brat­ing Peo­ple Power.”

The EDSA Peo­ple Power Com­mis­sion is the agency tasked to plan, or­ga­nize, and im­ple­ment the an­nual com­mem­o­ra­tion of the 1986 EDSA Peo­ple Power revo­lu­tion which ousted the late Pres­i­dent Marcos.

The agency is also re­spon­si­ble for ini­ti­at­ing ac­tiv­i­ties to ex­pand aware­ness on the val­ues and prin­ci­ples that spurred the Peo­ple Power Revo­lu­tion.

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