Filipino group celebrates People Power anniversary

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FIVE members of the Concerned Filipinos and Friends Overseas through the National Youth Movement for the West Philippine Sea displayed placards at the San Jose intersection from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday to celebrate the 34th anniversary of the People Power revolution that ended the authoritarian rule of Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos.

“I commend and salute our compatriots who showed their solidarity,” said Dr. Celia Lamkin, global chair and founder of the NYMWPS.

The group also expressed their support for the renewal of the ABS-CBN network franchise, which is now being considered in the Philippine Congress.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to shut down the network, which airs critical reports about his controversial “War on Drugs.”

In a joint statement, the Concerned Filipinos and Friends Overseas-National Youth Movement for the West Philippine Sea denounced the Philippine government’s recent actions against, ABS-CBN, and its U.S. subsidiary, The Filipino Channel.

At the San Jose intersection, two members of the National Youth Movement for the West Philippine Sea display placards expressing support for the renewal of the ABS-CBN network franchise in the Philippines and the 34th anniversary of the People Power revolution that ended the 20-year presidency of Ferdinand E. Marcos.  Photo by Junhan B. Todiño

“ABS-CBN has been a champion of Philippine democracy and in upholding and promoting the democratic rights of the Filipino people, both in the Philippines and in the Filipino diaspora,” the statement said.

The group is calling on Filipino communities throughout the United States and around the world “to peacefully protest Duterte’s dictatorial moves against ABS-CBN network and other independent media outlets.”

“We stand with ABS-CBN and its workers. We stand for freedom of the press,” the group added.

When President Marcos declared martial law in Sept. 1972, he took over ABS-CBN and shut it down.

ABS-CBN re-opened in 1986, a few months after Marcos’ ouster.

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