Text of report by Aurea Calica and Pia Lee-Brago headlined "Palace welcomes Libya's democracy" published by Philippine website Philstar.com on 23 October
Manila: Malacanang yesterday welcomed Libya's democracy as the world watched how 42 years of pent-up anger drove Libyans to attack, humiliate and kill their leader, Moammar Gadhafi.
President Aquino earlier said the "Philippines could have been like Libya if the peaceful EDSA People Power revolution did not happen 25 years ago. The people power in 1986 brought democracy to the Philippines.
"I think the President's pronouncement at that time, that we could have been like Libya, was in the sense that the protest had gotten violent, had become violent. They were really forced to arm …