Iloilo to mark 36th People Power anniversary with freedom countdown

Published February 22, 2022, 9:09 AM

by Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY—The Province of Iloilo is holding a freedom countdown on Friday, Feb. 25, to mark the 36th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution.

Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. said the provincial government of Iloilo will lead a commemoration to mark the 36th EDSA People Power Revolution on Friday, Feb. 25. (Tara Yap/Manila Bulletin)

“We want the people in Iloilo to remember that it happened not only in Manila but also in other parts of the country. We don’t want to forget, especially the younger generation,” said Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr.

Defensor signed Executive Order No. 2022-165 detailing the series of activities that will mark the end of the regime of former President Ferdinand Marcos.

There will be a program at the Iloilo Provincial Capitol and a countdown to 9:25 p.m, the time the Marcoses flew out of Malacañang Palace. There will also be a noise barrage and a caravan.

“There’s no malice. It happened,” Defensor explained to Manila Bulletin in response to the alleged historical revisionism that has been making the rounds with the presidential bid of Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. who is set to hold a rally in Iloilo on Feb. 24.

Defensor has openly supported the presidential bid of Vice President Leni Robredo, who is also scheduled to hold campaign sorties in both the city and province of Iloilo.

Defensor said the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has issued a memorandum enjoining local government units (LGUs) to hold the EDSA People Power Revolution commemoration.