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'Live the People Power spirit'

Yellow confetti rains on Philippine soldiers as they take part in celebrations of the 27th anniversary of the People Power revolution Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, at the People Power Monument along EDSA boulevard in Quezon city northeast of Manila, Philippines. During the People Power revolution, known as EDSA 1, hundreds of thousands of people traveled to two military camps along EDSA Boulevard to support the soldiers who were holed up at the camps to stage a mutiny against the late Ferdinand Marcos' 20-year-rule and help install the late President Corazon Aquino to the presidency. - AP

MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno Aquino III called on Filipinos to continue to live and internalize the spirit of the EDSA People Power which ousted former strongman Ferdinand Marcos Sr. 27 years ago.

During his speech at the 27th year anniversary at People Power Monument in Quezon City, Aquino also urged the Filipino people to improve their lives further instead of being contented with the status quo.

"Alalahanin po natin ang ating pinagdaanan, kung dati humarap tayo sa posibilidad ng karahasan upang makamtan ang kalayaan, ngayon kailangan muli nating lumaban upang tuluyang mapitas ang bunga ng sakripisyo ng mga nauna sa atin.

"Ngayon nga po at mulat na at natuto na po tayo sa mga bangungot ng kasaysayan, di ba't mas madali nang tugunan ang mga panibagong hamon? Kaya nga po ngayong nakatindig na muli tayo sa ating dalawang paa, sama-sama naman tayong humakbang pasulong sa tuluyang pag asenso," he said.

At the same time, the president criticized the administration of  his predecessor  and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

"Higit kailanman dapat lamang maikintal sa puso't isip ng bawat isa, hindi natatapos ang laban sa pagbangon. Mulat po ako,may kakaharapin pa tayong suliranin at hindi pa rin nga po nauubos ang mga balakid sa ating tuwid na daan.

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"Malinaw po nariyan pa rin ang mga nakinabang sa nakaraang status quo kung madadapa pa tayo, kung bibitaw tayo sa isa't-isa, kung magpapadaig tayo sa tukso ng pag kakanya-kanya, tiyak na sasalisi at magsasamantala sila," Aquino said.

He boasted of his administration's economic gains, a contrast from the weak growth during the previous administrations.

"Kung dati hinangaan tayo ng mundo dahil sa pag-asang dala natin sa iba pang mga lahing naapi. Ngayon hinahangaan muli tayo dahil sa ekonomiya natin na nagdadala ng optimismo sa isang mundong binabalot ng agam-agam at pesimismo," he said.

"Nakabangon na naman po tayo at maipagmamalaki po muli natin ang nagawa nating pag-ahon mula sa lubak ng kasaysayan," he added.

Among those who attended the celebration were heroes of Edsa People Power, Senate president Juan Ponce, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., ranking government officials and members of the diplomatic corps.

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