Supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte from all over the country will gather at Rizal Park on February 25 for a vigil and rock concert in support of the President's campaign against illegal drugs and corruption, the Department of the Interior and Local Government said Wednesday.
In a press conference, DILG Assistant Secretary Epimaco Densing said the gathering at Quirino Grandstand will not focus on other events commemorating the 31st anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution.
"Although may EDSA Day celebration, hindi natin fino-focus ang atensyon namin dun. Fino-focus natin ang atensyon sa ating pagsuporta sa ating Pangulo sa kanyang pananaw na kailangang matigil na ang iligal na droga at kailangang matigil na ang korapsyon at malabanan ang kahirapan sa ating bayan," he said.
Densing said pro-Duterte groups from all over the country will join a vigil and rock concert on February 25.
"There will be a vigil, prayers and a concert," he said.
"Kaya natin ginagawa yun sa 25th dahil mayroon tayong mga kasama na nanggaling pa ho ng Visayas at Mindanao. Pupunta lang po sa Luneta para makiisa sa atin."
He added that supporters from Pampanga, Bulacan, Maynila, Makati, Pasay, Paranaque and other areas will also join a march scheduled on February 26.
SIMPLE EDSA RITES
Palace officials earlier said the commemoration of the 31st EDSA People Power Revolution will be "simple and quiet" as the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte opts to "move on from just celebrating the past."
The upcoming EDSA anniversary celebration will be low-key compared to previous years as it will be done within Camp Aguinaldo instead of its usual venue at the People Power monument at the corner of White Plains and EDSA in Quezon City.
The government is also doing away with the usual program and "Salubungan" at the EDSA People Power Monument in Quezon City to give Filipinos more time to reflect about the causes and effects of the historic revolution.
"The whole thrust is moving the nation forward from just looking back at what has happened in the past... We can't get stuck in the past," presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella told Palace reporters.
Senior deputy executive secretary Menardo Guevarra said the simplicity "does not in any way mean we are giving less significance to the EDSA People Power Revolution."
Duterte, a vocal ally of the Marcos family, has been accused of being lukewarm about sympathizing with Martial Law victims after he allowed the burial of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani last year.
The President earlier admitted that he has always been grateful for the support of Ilocos Governor Imee Marcos who rallied for him during the 2016 presidential elections. With a report by Henry Atuelan, radio DZMM