Press Release
February 24, 2017

Koko: Peaceful Change is the legacy of EDSA

As the nation celebrates the 31st Anniversary of the EDSA Revolution, Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III reminded the Filipino people that the EDSA Revolution happened because of the people's desire for change.

Pimentel, son of Martial Law victim and former Senate President Aquilino "Nene" Pimentel Jr., also recalled those who suffered and sacrificed their lives during the Marcos dictatorship for the sake of restoring democracy in our country.

"This time, we achieved Change through peaceful elections. Before, it was not as easy. We should never forget those who made it possible by paying for freedom and democracy with their lives", Pimentel said.

Pimentel said that while not all the problems of the country were solved, the political climate produced by the EDSA revolution allowed the people to hold the government accountable for its failures.

Pimentel said that during Martial Law, it was impossible to criticize the government and to replace those in power without risking one's life.

Pimentel stressed that the struggle for truth, transparency, and respect for human rights continues, and that the people's "thirst for Change" remains unquenched.

Pimentel said, "I will always be a Partner for Change. I will never abandon the dream of making life better for every Filipino."

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