In celebration of the 36th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution in 1986, former Congressman and now senatorial candidate Monsour Del Rosario recalled the true spirit of the historic event.
“It has been almost four decades since we showed the world that we can turn down anyone who tramples on our dignity and freedom. I was young in 1986, but it stuck in my mind that being Filipino is something we should be proud of. I brought that to sports when I competed in international competitions for taekwondo where we waved the country’s flag at the Olympics. I also brought it with me when I started serving as a councilor and congressman in the city of Makati,” del Rosario said.
“Especially at this time, let us not forget that the spirit of EDSA is not only seen in street protests. We can demonstrate this in our homes, in our work, in our communities – standing tall and invincible in the face of corruption, bribery, and social injustice. This is the true spirit of People Power.”
“Around the world, we’ve seen the many blows to democracy as a result of corrupt officials, pandemics, and war, but Filipinos know that the unity of every citizen is the key to overcoming all that,” he added.
Del Rosario served as city councilor in the 1st District of Makati from 2010 to 2016, and later as congressman in the 17th Congress representing the same district from 2016 to 2019.
Born in Manila and raised in Bacolod, he became known in the martial arts world as a member of the Philippine National Taekwondo Team from 1982 to 1989. He was named eight-time National Lightweight champion and also competed in the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
As a senatorial candidate in the May 9 polls, Del Rosario is pushing for the provision of a competent pension for athletes as well as the Healthcare Heroes Card for health and medical frontliners. He is also advocating for proper education and support to children with different learning abilities.