February 12, 2011
The Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan, New Patriotic Alliance) congratulates the people of Egypt for ousting the US-backed regime of Hosni Mubarak. After 18 days of relentless protests, and in the face of repression, the people have succeeded in ousting one of the longest dictatorships in the Middle East. The 30-year rule of Mubarak, which was backed by tremendous US military and economic aid, was no match for the millions who rose up and defied state repression at every turn.
May the great unity and determination of the Egyptian people inspire others worldwide in their fight against tyranny.
We hope for the best for the people of Egypt as they enter a new chapter in their history. We hope they will remain vigilant in their fight for genuine freedom and democracy. At the moment, Mubarak ceded power to the Supreme Military Council. This is the new situation confronting the people of Egypt. Many challenges await them, including the just demand for a new constitution and for free elections so that they may choose their leaders, following the ouster of Mubarak. The people of Egypt also desire freedom from foreign dictates and intervention.
What comes AFTER people power is indeed another difficult challenge, as we Filipinos well know. ###