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The Philippines marked the 25 anniversary of the People Power revolt on Feb. 25 with elaborate ceremonies at the EDSA shrine and elsewhere.
The celebration this year is made more significant because it comes at a time when peoples in the Middle East and Africa are using People Power to obtain freedom and democracy. Massive demonstrations have led to the successful overthrow of the dictatorships in Egypt and Tunisia. Now, peoples in other countries of the region are also demanding their freedom. Among them are those in Bahrein, Yemen, Jordan and Iran. The latest is the bloody struggle in Libya between the people and dictator Gaddafi who is fighting back.
Analysts writing about these revolutions credit the People Power revolution in the Philippines. It has become the example for oppressed peoples around the world to liberate themselves.
But the revolution in the Philippines, in the view of many analysts, is not yet over.
Even today, President Benigno S. Aquino III, the son of democracy icon former President Cory Aquino, is beset with the dilemma of whether or not to allow the remains of dictator Marcos to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. The President has recused himself from making the decision. He said he was not in a position to make a good judgment because of the bitter memories of the past.
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