Friday, February 26, 2016

Albay poet laureate: Freedom from poverty is the real spirit of EDSA Revolution
By Nancy Ibo Mediavillo

LEGAZPI CITY, Feb. 25 (PNA) -- An official of the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) said liberation from poverty is the real spirit of the EDSA People Power Revolution.

KWF Commissioner Abdon Balde Jr., also Albay's poet laureate, stressed this on the 30th anniversary celebration here of this historical event that freed the Filipinos from the dictatorial regime of former Pres. Ferdinand E. Marcos.

Balde said the Filipino people, especially the youth, should always nurture and remember the spirit of the EDSA Revolution.

The bravery of those who dauntlessly fought to attain freedom from dictatorship -- from those in the media to the armed forces, Church and all sectors of the society -- should always be remembered and valued, he said.

Because of the unity against dictatorship, Filipinos created a niche in the world map, showing everyone that a peaceful revolt is possible.

The KWP commissioner said the EDSA People Power served as an inspiration to Nepal, on which he wrote the "Filipino Legacies in Nepal before the Everest Conquest", which first came out at 9 p.m. June 19, 2006 and published on Page A13 of the June 20, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Balde, however, felt sad that after 30 years, the true objective of EDSA Revolution has never been achieved to make the lives of the Filipinos better.

He expressed with dismay that freedom belongs only those at the top level of the Philippine society, the powerful and the rich, and not the poor Filipinos.

True democracy is in the fight against poverty and that all ordinary Filipino families should feel the growth of the economy, he said.

He said a Filipino family should have livelihood and dignity as means to achieve freedom from poverty. The Filipino masses should have enough education on the forthcoming elections in May wherein they should realize the sanctity of their ballots.

He urged the voters not to believe in empty and unfulfilled promises and cast their ballots on the basis of who could lift them up from poverty through livelihood, employment and dignity for the ordinary Filipino.

Balde said kindness should be down to the village or household level and that the next president should be clean, with heart and and excellent one.(PNA) JMC/FGS/NIM/CBD/EDS