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To All Those Who Were Part of the EDSA People Power Revolution—Thank You!

n February 25, the Philippines will celebrate the 28th anniversary of the People Power revolution known as EDSA One. For four days in February, 1986, freedom-starvedEDSA during the 1986 People Power revolution. The view is looking northbound towards the Boni Serrano Avenue-EDSA intersection Filipinos amassed on Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA), in front of Camps Crame and Aguinaldo to shield Secretary Juan Ponce Enrile, General Fidel Ramos, and their military supporters from possible assault by forces controlled by the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

Between one and three million Filipinos gathered at EDSA and successfully prevented the Marcos-controlled tanks and armored personnel carriers from advancing towards the two rebel-occupied camps. From Cubao in the north to Ortigas Avenue in the south, EDSA had become a teeming mass of humanity. And in addition to shielding the rebels, the millions who congregated on EDSA showed the country and the world that Filipinos had had enough of Marcos and wanted him out. This was the sign everyone was waiting for.  It emboldened the people and galvanized their opposition to his brutal and corrupt regime. From then on it would just be a matter of days before Marcos and his cronies would be sent packing out of the country.

The true heroes of the EDSA People Power revolution were—the people. They were the men and women from all walks of life who showed up at EDSA to become part of the human shield that so effectively protected those who led the revolt. Top three photos: Demonstrators surround and hold back armored personnel carriers sent to engage rebels troops holed-up in Camps Crame and Aquinaldo. Bottom photo: Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos. One last hurrah on the balcony at Malacañang before scurrying off to Clark Air Force BaseIt was that selfless act of courage that brought down an illegitimate regime—a regime that for over a decade had trampled on the human rights of the Filipino people, while bleeding their country’s coffers dry.

The fact that it was a bloodless revolution and no one was killed does not diminish the sacrifice that those who showed up at EDSA were willing to make. All those who stood courageously in front of tanks knew that at any second they could be trampled under tons of steel. Those who stood in front of the guns and cannons of the soldiers commanded by Gen. Fabian Ver knew that they would be at the receiving end if Ver had given an order to fire. And although the atmosphere was calm and at times even festive, at some level everyone there was aware that if hostilities erupted, they might never make it home again.

By their collective action during those four days in February, 1986, the Filipino people removed an illegitimate dictator who had long overstayed his welcome and handed over to their new president Corazon Aquino an entire country, plus all the governmental power she needed to make things right. The fact that Aquino, in so many ways, failed in that task has somewhat diminished the significance of the EDSA revolution through the years. But let no one forget that the people did their part. It was those they entrusted to make the needed changes who unfortunately failed to deliver.

But this Tuesday, February 25, 2014, let us not dwell on the failures of our elected officials. Instead let us remember the courage and resoluteness of the men and women who participated in the EDSA People Power revolution. Although bloodless, it was still a revolution that toppled a dictator and showed the world that there were millions of Filipinos willing to sacrifice their own lives to restore freedom and democracy in their country. Published 02/25/2014
 


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