Rename EDSA as Cory Aquino Avenue – solon

A lawmaker is proposing to rename Epifanio de los Santos Aveñue or
EDSA to Cory Aquino Aveñue, in honor of former President Corazon C.
Aquino, the first woman president of the country.

Rep. Rene Relampagos (1st District, Bohol), author of House Bill 5422,
said the former president is the leading figure in the historic 1986
People Power Revolution that restored democracy in the Philippines and
a true icon of democracy.

Relampagos said the measure also seeks to repeal Republic Act 2140
changing the name of Highway 54 in the province of Rizal to Epifanio
de los Santos Avenue in honor of Don Epifanio de los Santos, a
Filipino scholar, jurist and historian.

Relampagos said EDSA is the main circumferential road and highway in
Metro Manila and one of the longest avenues in the country, has become
synonymous to the People Power Revolution or to democracy.

Relampagos said the events of February 1986 culminated in the
installation of Corazon C. Aquino as President of the Republic, ending
the twenty years of tyrannical rule of President Ferdinand E. Marcos.

“From being a simple housewife, she eventually became the nation’s
mother as she served as President.  President Cory oversaw the
promulgation of a new constitution, which limited the powers of the
presidency and established a bicameral legislature,” Relampagos said.

Relampagos said President Aquino administration gave strong emphasis
to civil liberties and human rights and her economic policies centered
on bringing back economic stability and confidence and focused on
creating a market-oriented and socially-responsible economy.

“President Aquino gained the respect, and certainly, the admiration,
not only of the citizens of our country, but also of the world.  She
earned certain citations and was recognized internationally as a woman
who helped pave the way for the restoration of democracy,” Relampagos

Relampagos said one cannot think of the 1986 EDSA Revolution without
thinking of Corazon C. Aquino.  She lived her life fighting for
democracy, as she goes out of her way to fight for justice and truth,
peace and democracy.

“It would be a fitting tribute to former President Corazon C. Aquino,
a woman of courage and valor, that EDSA, an avenue that became
testament to the country’s love of democracy, be named after her,”
Relampagos said.


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