MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – On February 25, 2017, the Philippines will commemorate the anniversary of EDSA People Power I, the peaceful revolution that ousted the late Ferdinand E. Marcos.
Since that 1986 life-changing event for the Filipinos, nothing much has changed in as far as the ideological rivalry between the pro-Aquinos and the pro-Marcoses. In fact, taking Marcos out of the equation, there continues to be a fierce conflict between the so-called Yellowtards (pro-Aquino and Liberal Party) and Dutertards (pro-Digong Duterte).
But 2017 could see a historic coming together of all Filipinos from all sorts of colors and political persuasions. As a matter of fact, President Rodrigo Duterte and Ex-President Noynoy Aquino are leading this new phenomenon of “One Filipino Nation, United.”
Reliable sources in Malacañang tell The Adobo Chronicles that the two presidents have decided to reconcile to the dismay of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines which has always been pro-Aquino and anti-Duterte.
In fact, Aquino joined Duterte in his latest trip to Davao City where the two met privately in the president’s private residence before announcing their reconciliation.
So on February 25, 2017, the Filipinos will gather one last time at the EDSA shrine to celebrate People Power, one that is neither yellow nor red; neither ‘L’ sign nor “closed fist.” It will just be a colorless event with a new Miss Universe-type hand wave, symbolic of unity, camaraderie and everlasting peace.
Mark your calendars: February 25, at noon, EDSA!