EDSA Revolution - The People Power Revolution
1986 marks a new era in the Philippine history and will always be remembered by Filipinos as the day the democracy in the Philippines was restored. The nonviolent uprising led to the departure of President Ferdinand Marcos from his 20-year running authoritarian form of government.
The people of the Philippines were crying for justice against regime violence and electoral fraud. It was a victory for all the Filipinos that made news headlines as "the revolution that surprised the world".
Ferdinand Marcos was elected as president in 1965. It has been known to all Filipinos that during that time, Marcos was very active in his public works projects and created much efforts in tax collections. His government proclaimed that they "built more roads than all his predecessors combined, and more schools than any previous administration".
His second term as a president was detracted by alleged graft and corruption that created a great difference of wealth between the very wealthy and the very poor. That was the time that the New Peoples Army was formed, calling for the redistribution of the wealth and land reform of the Philippines, and the Moro National Liberation Front, who contributed to the rapid rise of civil discontent.
Marcos ran for his third term as president in 1973 but he was barred and before the national elections came, September 23, 1972 was the date that changed the political history of the Philippines, he declared Martial Law. The decree empowered him to give full control in the Philippine military and the authority to suppress in particular, the freedom of speech and the press freedom. Marcos ordered the arrest of his political opponents and critics. Among them are Senate President Jovito Salonga, Senator Jose Diokno, and Senator Benigno Aquino Jr., the bravest among his critics that was groomed by the opposition to succeed Marcos after the 1973 elections. Aquino was later forced to seek exile in the United States for health and safety reasons.
Aquino was known for his thought of the death threat "The Filipino is worth dying for" if he will return back to the Philippines. And true to his word, Aquino came back to the Philippines after his three-year exile in the United States on August 21, 1983. Benigno Aquino Jr was assassinated on that day, that shocked and outraged the Filipino people. This resulted to several nonviolent revolutions because most of the Filipinos had lost confidence in the Marcos administration.
February 25, 1986, the day the world was surprised by the People Power Revolution or commonly known as EDSA Revolution . The rest is history.
The images below fairly described the uprising. These are the only memories left of EDSA Revolution.
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Remembering EDSA Revolution - People Power Revolution. It symbolizes the restoration of democracy in the Philippines and for the Filipino people in general.
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