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Arroyo sees no need to celebrate EDSA 2

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By Joel Guinto
First Posted 20:11:00 01/21/2009

Filed Under: Politics, Government, People power

MANILA, Philippines—President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo saw “no need” to commemorate the second People Power uprising that thrust her into power in 2001, saying she wants to “bury the hatchet.”

She instead spent the day inside the Palace, hosting a reception for the diplomatic corps in the morning and presiding over a Cabinet meeting. No event related to the military-backed revolt was in her official schedule.

Tuesday, January 20, marked the seventh anniversary of Arroyo’s swearing-in as president on the historic People Power monument along the EDSA highway, after then president Estrada was forced to step down on corruption charges.

Arroyo was Estrada’s vice president. Estrada was convicted of plunder in September 2007 but Arroyo pardoned him a month after.

“Maybe the President thought there really is no need for that too much. That is one way of showing, let’s bury the hatchet of what happened in that occasion,” Ermita said, when asked why the President did not attend an event relating to the uprising.

“It’s a manifestation of trying to forget the past and move on forward, be more progressive and forward-looking,” he said.

With elections coming, Ermita said celebrating the so-called “EDSA Dos” would be like “poking a painful part of your body.”

The shrine on which Arroyo was sworn in was erected to commemorate the bloodless 1986 revolt on the same highway that ended the nearly two-decade-long Marcos dictatorship.

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