By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Feb 26, 2013

LOS ANGELES – Filipinos had plenty to celebrate as they commemorated the 27th anniversary of the EDSA revolution that overthrew the Marcos dictatorship in 1986.

The anniversary comes as President Noynoy Aquino signed a bill that will award some $200 million to the human rights victims of the Marcos regime, a law which many have been waiting for.

“We deserve that so that we can help the poor people in the Philippines and all those that deserve to be helped in the Philippines, all those that are suffering in poverty,” said Danny Lamila of the Ninoy Aquino Foundation.

“If there is any legacy in the signing of this law, hopefully we’ll be free from the same problems that we’ve had in the past, in other words we will have more awareness of respect for human rights,” said Helen Barber Dela Vega, Consul General of the Los Angeles Consulate.

The Filipino community in Los Angeles held a mass to commemorate the EDSA revolution. Joining them was Andrea Aquino, a Ninoy Aquino movement member and cousin of current President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

Aquino recalled how she and Lamila participated in simultaneous People Power protests in the US.

“We went to the State Department, that’s when they announced Marcos was in a helicopter going towards his exile. So we were there for two days. We demonstrated, so there was a little bit of People Power in front of the White House,” Aquino recalled.

She says in the 27 years since People Power, the Philippines is still a work in progress.

“We are still working on our country and now we are coming ahead with a good president like Noynoy who is anti-corruption, but Filipinos are struggling still,” Aquino said.

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