On the 35th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution, the College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP) on Thursday, Feb. 25, reiterated their call to junk Anti-Terror Law.
In a statement, CEGP said the “draconian” Anti-Terror Law added up not only to the intimidation, repression, oppression, militarization, red-tagging, harassment, and killings, but also “to the number of Filipinos scrapped off with their rights.”
The group urged the government to instead address more urgent causes such as the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, vaccination rollout, issuance of financial aid, rise on the minimum wage, and the continuous price hike of basic commodities.
“Both challenged by dictators Marcos and Duterte’s oppressive playbooks, no release of Letter of Instruction No. 1 nor Anti-Terrorism Law could keep them out of the watch in seeking critical and progressive reportage against the repugnant systems thriving in the Philippine government,” CEGP said.
“And as the EDSA People Power Revolution comes into its unprecedented 35 years of reliving, the resistance cultivates,” it added.
The campus journalists also expressed solidarity with the victims of Martial Law and vowed to castigate attempts of historical revisionism.
On Thursday, various groups held a protest outside the Department of National Defense (DND) to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the EDSA People Power.