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Simple, quiet EDSA 31 rites

This year’s commemoration of the EDSA People Power Revolution will focus on moving the country forward instead of dwelling on the past, a Palace official said yesterday.

A week before the 31st anniversary of the bloodless revolt that ousted the Marcos dictatorship, presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said it was time to “move on” from the past and focus on the task of nation-building.

“It’s going to be very simple and very quiet and the theme will be regarding, it will be about reflection on nation building,” Abella said in a Palace news conference.

“Basically, the whole thrust is moving the nation forward from just looking back at what happened in the past but moving forward to the future of the Philippines as everybody is encouraged to cooperate to nation building,” he added.

Despite his endorsement of the burial of President Ferdinand E. Marcos at the heroes’ cemetery, President Duterte is expected to join the EDSA commemorative rites on February 25, a special holiday in the country.

Abella said there will be “simple” EDSA rites, including a mass, in Malacañang. (Genalyn D. Kabi-ling)

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