Presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte rebuked Archbishop Soc Villegas for writing a letter that said her father, President Rodrigo Duterte, "singlehandedly defaced the memory" of the 1986 EDSA Revolution. "My father perfectly understood what the spirit of EDSA is, otherwise, he would not have told me to never forget that night of 31 years ago. And I now believe that he understands it better than you do," she said in a statement.
"You preach about freedom as if you invented it, as if it is your gift to us. Let me tell you what freedom is. It is to live a life that is free from your selective moral standard. This is what the meaning of EDSA is," he added. In his letter to the late Jaime Cardinal Sin, Villegas decried the "rape" of EDSA People Power and that history is being rewritten.
The archbishop alluded to Marcos' burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani and the return of the other members of the Marcos family to the political arena. "The dictator ousted by People Power is now buried among heroes.
The Lady of one thousand two hundred pairs of shoes is now Representative in Congress. History books are rewritten," Villegas said. "The hero is a villain. The plunderers are now heroes. Thank God, Eminence you did not see these days we are going through."
The prelate also lamented the current war of the Duterte administration against illegal drugs, which has resulted in thousands of killings.
"The glory now flickers in the darkness of fear and terror again. The songs of peace now drowned by the cuss words of hate that invite murder. The bloodless revolt now stained by the blood in our streets and street gutters," he said.
"Now eight months of relentless killings of the poor in the name of “change”! It is a nightmare Your Eminence! It is a shame," he added. Sara Duterte said her statement is "not a biased commentary on your letter to the dead because I am not a fan of President Duterte. But you are truly, madly, deeply worse than a hundred President Dutertes."
She said that from 1986 until before her father assumed office, the Philippines "has been hounded by corruption, crime, territorial war of gangs and druglords, extrajudicial killings, narco politics, terrorism, protracted rebellion, abuse of power in government, political bickering and the entry of foreign mafias." "It surely did not start when President Duterte took office," she said.
http://sa.kapamilya.com/absnews/abscbnnews/media/news-special1/nation/10/11/101116_chr.jpg Police inspect the bodies of two men lying on a sidewalk, who police said were killed after a drug buy-bust operation in Quezon City Sunday. Ezra Acayan, Reuters The young Duterte told Villegas her father won the presidency "precisely because you ignored what was wrong with this world." "All you desired was to put into power a leader who walks and talks like you -- someone who is definitely not Rodrigo Duterte," she said.
Duterte's eldest daughter said Villegas' "friend" failed as a President, "I cannot remember you calling it the rape of EDSA." "You just swept it under your glitzy rugs and you moved on, back to business -- back to acting as if you can save us all from hell," she said. The Davao mayor also called Villegas and his "group" a "bunch of delusional hypocrites."
"While all of you were up there riding high on your horses, you failed to notice that many of us down here empathize with what Rodrigo Duterte is saying because it is the hard truth. It is truly without the air of hyprocrisy that we smell from your kind," she said.
"How dare you call us pimps of the EDSA spirit and yet it is you who cannot accept what has happened to our country since 1986. How dare you say that we are trying to prostitute the meaning of EDSA." MEMORIES OF EDSA Sara recalled her father waking her up the evening of February 25, 1986, when the clamor of the Filipino people at the Epifanio delos Santos was heard and the dictator and his family left Malacañang.
TIMELINE: EDSA People Power Revolution http://news.abs-cbn.com/focus/02/21/17/timeline-edsa-people-power-revolution http://sa.kapamilya.com/absnews/abscbnnews/media/2017/news/02/21/edsa-then-now-edsa-3-a.jpg "While we were hudled in the car, he told us, 'Timan-i ninyo ning gabhiona ni. Ayaw ninyo kalimti'," she said.
"I have a memory of myself standing on the stairs of the San Pedro church bell tower, listening to the incessant ringing of the bells. I did not understand what was happening, but I surmised that it must be something very important because my father had to get me out of bed to watch cheering and partying adults on the streets," she added. Decades later, she said, the commemoration of the EDSA revolution "is important but only to commemorate what we did for our country on a certain period in our history."
"I find it hard to understand why this bloodless revolution has become the standard definition of freedom for our country and this standard is forced down our throats by a certain group of individuals who think they are better than everyone else. These are the elite and their friends, including Archbishop Villegas," she added.