The 26th year anniversary of the EDSA people power revolution was marked by members of militant organizations in Bacolod City with a protest rally Saturday calling for the conviction of Chief Justice Renato Corona and the immediate transfer to a regular jail of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
About 50 members of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan-Negros and their allied organizations carrying placards marched from the Rizal Elementary school to the Fountain of Justice, where they held a short program.
Christian Tuayon, Bayan-Negros secretary general, said Corona should be convicted, especially for his betrayal of public trust by siding with Arroyo, so the public could regain their confidence with the Philippine judiciary.
He also said that Arroyo should be transferred from the Philippine Veterans Hospital to a regular jail and be made accountable for all the misdemeanors that she had committed.
At the fountain of justice, the protestors stressed that it has been 26 years since the people revolted from the dictatorship of former President Ferdinand Marcos but the Filipinos are still into strife for freedom from feudalism, human rights violations, colonialism and poverty.
Berlita Ante, secretary general of Kadamay Negros, said the lives of many Filipinos are getting worse because the number of poor families, especially in urban areas is increasing every year, and many employees have been retrenched by their employers adding to the statistics of unemployed Filipinos.
For Ma. Luz Briones, 62, of Brgy. Mandalagan, Bacolod, there was no improvement in 26 years after the EDSA revolution, instead the situation has gotten worse.
Dan Alcoriza of the Confederation for Unity and Advancement of Government Employees Bacolod claimed that even government employees could not feel any significant change after the EDSA people power revolution.
He also said that the government has failed to address the pressing problems of the price increase of crude oil and other commodities.
The police reported no untoward incidents during the commemoration of the 26th anniversary of EDSA people power in Bacolod.*APN