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Ramos wants ‘grand’ Edsa celebration next year

/ 10:01 AM February 24, 2017
Former Pres. Fidel V. Ramos with former Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile. LEILA SALAVERRIA/INQUIRER.net

Former Pres. Fidel V. Ramos with former Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile at the Palace-led commemoration of the Edsa People Power revolution. LEILA SALAVERRIA/INQUIRER.net

Former President Fidel Ramos nearly skipped the palace-led, toned-down commemoration of the Edsa People Power revolution when he learned that it would be held in Camp Aguinaldo, away from ordinary people, he disclosed today.

Ramos, who eventually decided to join the event, said the organizers had pleaded with him to show up.

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But he expects next year’s Edsa event to be “very, very big” and “bongga” (grand).

Former Pres. Ramos re-enacts his jump in EDSA 1986. Photo by Lyn Rillon/Philippine Daily Inquirer

Former Pres. Ramos re-enacts his jump in EDSA 1986. Photo by Lyn Rillon/Philippine Daily Inquirer

This is because by next year, he said, the government and private sector should have put up a 2.3 to 2.5 hectare area behind the People Power Monument to house a museum and library for people power memorabilia and artifacts.

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Ramos was one of the key Edsa figures who joined the Malacañang commemoration, which President Rodrigo Duterte himself skipped.

Duterte was represented at the event by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.

Former President Benigno Aquino III, whose family figured prominently in the fight against the Marcos regime, was invited to the event but did not show up.

Among those present at the event were former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile and former Vice President Jejomar Binay. CDG/rga

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