IN PHOTOS: Anti-Duterte groups relive EDSA People Power uprising
IN PHOTOS: Anti-Duterte groups relive EDSA People Power uprising

Angie de Silva

Protesters raise several issues as they commemorate the 31st EDSA People Power uprising

MANILA, Philippines – The 31st anniversary of the EDSA People Power uprising was remembered via a series of protests by various groups critical of the Duterte administration.

SYMBOL. Fr Robert Reyes blesses activists from the Block Marcos Movement holding a shovel of soil at the People Power monument. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Mid-morning of February 25, protesters that numbered more than a thousand belonging to the urban poor group Kadamay marched to the US embassy in Manila to condemn the government’s war on drugs. The war has resulted in the killing of more than 7,000 people, who they claimed, came from their communities.

URBAN POOR PROTEST. Militant group Kadamay march toward the US Embassy to commemorate the Edsa People Power Anniversary on February 25, 2017. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

BLOCKED. The urban poor group's march to the US Embassy was met with force by cops from the Manila Police District. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

'STOP THE KILLINGS'. Kadamay called for an end to the killings resulting from the government's campaign against illegal drugs. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Around noon, the embassy rallyists then joined their counterparts waiting at the EDSA People Power Shrine. The group, Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses to Malacañang, in partnership with Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, marched along EDSA towards Camp Aguinaldo where they staged a program.

The left-leaning rallyists called on the Duterte admistration for “genuine peace” and the resumption of peace talks with communist rebels. The rally ended peacefully after a brief confrontation between rallyists and policemen manning the camp.

POLICE. Activists are watched by police as they rally in front of the EDSA Shrine. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PEACE TALKS. Activists march to the gate of Camp Agunialdo demanding the withdrawal of military personnel from the rural areas. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

ENTER THE CAMP. Activists try to enter the gate of Camp Aguinaldo but are stopped by anti-riot policemen. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

On the other end of EDSA, groups belonging to the February 25 coalition (Coalition Against the Marcos Burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani and 71other organizations) gathered at the People Power monument. Former president Benigno Aquino III, VP Leni Robredo and some politicians from the Liberal Party joined the “Power of We” rally participants.

Aside from remembering the EDSA Revolution, the coalition pushed for the respect for human rights given extrajudicial killings linked to the Duterte administration’s bloody war on drugs.

POWER OF WE. Former President Noynoy Aquino joins the thousands gather at the People Power Monument. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

RESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS. Catholic nuns call for the respect for human rights during the 'Power of We' rally. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

As the “Power of We” rally was ongoing, 7 members of the Duterte Youth staged their own rally at the foot of the People Power monument trigerring the ire of some protesters. (READ: Duterte critics, supporters clash along EDSA

DUTERTE YOUTH. Supporters of President Duterte stage a rally at the foot of the People Power Monument along EDSA. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

The “Power of We” rally ended with a noise barrage of participants along EDSA.

DEFIANT. Protesters at the People Power Monument stage a noise barrage along EDSA during the 'Power of We' rally. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler


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