MANILA, Feb. 23, 2017— Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan has decried the “rape” of EDSA People Power with the “four glorious days of February 1986 now dimmed”.
Amid the “relentless killings of the poor in the name of change”, he said “the glory now flickers in the darkness of fear and terror again”.
As the number of suspected drug users and pushers reaches more than 7,600 in seven months, he said it is quite possible the death toll exceeds the number of martial law victims.
“It is a nightmare, Your Eminence! It is a shame,” Villegas said in a letter to his former boss, the late Cardinal Jaime Sin, who played a major role in the relatively peaceful uprising.
“The bloodless revolt now stained by the blood in our streets and street gutters. The statistics of unresolved murder continues to rise and not a single one has been investigated and brought to justice,” he said.
The protégé of the late Jaime Cardinal Sin also lamented the hero’s burial for the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos as well as the attempts to “rewrite the history”.
“History books are rewritten. Historical memory is revised. The hero is a villain. The plunderers are now heroes,” he said. “Thank God, Eminence, you did not see these days we are going through.”
But the archbishop said there is always reason to celebrate the spirit of Edsa and for Filipinos to live up to its meaning despite some attempts to “prostitute” its meaning.
For EDSA, according to him was not about the enemies of peace and democracy but the faith and bravery of Filipinos “who called upon the Lord in their distress and whose cry the Lord has heard from heaven”.
“EDSA is our people’s cry and our God’s loving reply,” Villegas added. “The EDSA spirit is worth celebrating always. It is people who have raped it.”
“This land may be ruled by tyrants and killers, murderers may win in elections, plunderers may grin at the ignorant voters they have cheated, trolls may keep hurling invectives at their peace loving countrymen, commanders may prostitute the meaning of EDSA… but we will still celebrate,” he said. (Roy Lagarde / CBCPNews)
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