Guevarra: Filipinos still enjoy liberties decades after EDSA

Published February 25, 2019, 5:39 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Jeffrey Damicog

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra assured that citizens continue to enjoy liberties even after 33 years since the EDSA People Power Revolution in 1986.

Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra (TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra
(TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

Guevarra gave this assurance Monday amid claims by critics of President Rodrigo Duterte that freedoms, including that of the press, have been curtailed under his administration.

“We Filipinos continue to enjoy the liberties that we regained after the People Power revolution in 1986,” the Secretary stated.

“Our government institutions function with vibrancy under a democratic regime,” he said.

Despite the allegations made by critics of the administration, Guevarra said the country “continues to enjoy the freedom of the press and most especially with the advent of social media, people are free to express their grievances.”

“We have human rights groups which are ever vigilant,” he also noted.

The Secretary noted that, even in Mindanao which is under martial law, democracy remains intact.

“Martial law in Mindanao does not curtail the civil rights of our brothers in the island; on the contrary, it is imposed precisely to protect those civil rights against elements who wish to overthrow our duly constituted authorities and who espouse an ideology that thrives on violence and oppression,” Guevarra stated.

 
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