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Aquino leads last June 12 celebration

President Aquino leads the celebration of the 118th Philippine Independence Day today, his last as Chief Executive before he steps down from office in less than 20 days.

THE last election appears to have exposed a gap in our people’s perception of what martial law was all about. Year after year after 1986, the Philippines celebrated the EDSA People Power Revolution that “restored democracy” to the country. People gathered at EDSA to remember how in 1986, over a million people gathered around Camp Crame in support of then Philippine Constabulary chief Fidel V. Ramos and Secretary of Defense Juan Ponce Enrile who had declared they had withdrawn their support for the Marcos government.

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The dictator has been driven out of power via a bloodless popular uprising 30 years ago but the pursuit of justice for the Martial Law victims continues.

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