Ramos talks of ongoing struggle

PUBLISHED : Friday, 23 February, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 23 February, 1996, 12:00am

THE 'people power' uprising ignited the flame of democracy but 'the revolution has not ended for it has not been totally won', President Fidel Ramos said yesterday.

In a speech during the wreath-laying ceremony at the Heroes' Cemetery in a military camp in a Manila suburb, Mr Ramos said democracy was a continuing process and the challenges that it posed should be matched with sacrifices for the common good.

'The people power revolution of EDSA has not ended for it has not yet been totally won.

'We must continually rekindle the love for peace and the fires of development that were sparked to years ago,' he said.

EDSA are the initials of the highway, the Epifanio de los Santos Avenus, where the four-day revolt was launched on February 22, 1986.

Mr Ramos said the revolt spurred a new order in the country called 'people empowerment'.

'EDSA was one great shining moment in the history of the Filipino people and the most memorable page in the history of our democracy. We pause to remind ourselves and future generations of he nobility of the Filipino people,' he said.

Meanwhile, Marcos supporters said they would mark the fall of the former strongman with a prayer vigil on Sunday near the Cultural Centre, an imposing building in central Manila put up during the Marcos years.

The office of Imelda Marcos said that thousands of Marcos loyalists would turn out to burn their diaries, journals, songs, poems, photographs and other mementos.