“Mega Epal” Cory?
“Mega Epal” case is what Bayan Muna party list Representative Teddy Casino see at Bohol Representative Rene Relampagos’ propose bill to rename again the main circumferential road and highway of Manila that stretched from Balintawak in Quezon City to Pasay City which is originally known as 19 de Junio (June 19) and then as Highway 54 and then EDSA; from Epifanio de los Santos Avenue(EDSA) into Cory Aquino Avenue which violates the “Anti-Epal” Bill of not attaching the name of any Philippine politicians in any government infrastructure.
Aside from violating the “Anti-Epal” Bill, Bayan Muna party list Representative Teddy Casino, said that what happened on People Power on the grounds of EDSA is not about Corazon (Cory) Aquino but the uprising that took place on EDSA is about the people’s struggle against “tyranny” of Ferdinand Marcos, according to him. Thus, according to him, it is not right to rename EDSA into Cory Aquino Avenue.
With the same sentiments, House Minority Leader Edcel Lagman said that that it is difficult to erase the name EDSA because according to him, that is already an institution that Filipinos should honor rather than discard it and that should not be tampered. Moreover, he even suggest that the Aquino administration that wants highway that can be name in his late mother should instead rename the road that leads to Hacienda Luisita (perhaps, Lagman refers to SCTEX (Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway))
Filipino netizens also disagree about the proposed bill and utterly say “No” to it and even scoff Cory because Cory was not really present during the People Power but some says she is in Cebu during those times, as well Bohol Representative Rene Relampagos who propose the bill was scoff and label as “sip-sip” on the Aquino clan.
But Bohol Representative Rene Relampagos said that he has an idea to rename EDSA into Cory Aquino Avenue because according to him that one cannot think of 1986 EDSA Revolution without thinking of Corazon C. Aquino, thus, according to him, it is only fitting to give her the tribute.
However, actually, this idea of renaming again the Highway 54 into a new name or from EDSA into Cory Aquino Avenue was not originally an idea of Bohol Representative Rene Relampagos but rather it was first an idea of former senator Mar Roxas who propose it days after when Cory died of colon cancer.
By the way, Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) was constructed during the presidency of Manuel L.Quezon and was originally named after the birthday of the famous Filipino hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, thus the highway got its first name as 19 de Junio or June 19.And then was renamed into Highway 54 under Republic Act No. 2140 in 1959 and again was further renamed in honor of a noted Filipino historian, Epifanio de los Santos. Thus, EDSA or Epifanio de los Santos Avenue.