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,
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.
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
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.
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Name: Enteng D'Dragon City/State/Country: Pulo ng mga mahangin
IP Address: 220.127.116.11
Ed pointed out -"Many point to the almost whimsical attitude of local officials who seem to delight in giving businesses a difficult time .. "- That is only part of the reason why RP is in the basement level. Greater reason is the "attitude of the people" when it comes to seeing " opportunity" to plunder when given the chance! In 1998 I brought with me Canadian capital and investors and invested over CDN$2M as seed money for a trading venture. A year later, I was told that our local (Filipino) managers established their own taxi business. I investigated and found out that they advanced the funds from our treasury (they're supposed to manage) with the admonition that-- we should not worry because they will deduct the payment from their salaries!!. In less than a year-- we closed shop!
Name: SOMEONE City/State/Country: SOMEWHERE IP
It is not just the government thieves driving business away but also the militant, unreasonable Unions. For a country badly in need of manufacturing companies the workers allow themselves to be sweet talked by Communists to make trouble by making all sorts of demands. And notice that as aggressive as they were in dealing with foreign investors/employers they do not show such aggressiveness in dealing with thieving politicians. You wonder why? It's as if they have already accepted the crookedness in their government and have made adjustments for it. The rest is fair game. If you were a foreign investor and you could get the same thing manufactured somewhere else without this pestering unions, wouldn't you?
Name: JRH City/State/Country: Montreal, Canada IP
Apply the 'keep it simple' formula by eliminating red tape, high business fees, easy one-stop processing, tax break, tax break, & more tax breaks. In other words, a drastic overhaul of the old system for it to work. It shows that the Phil did not become a better country after the Edsa Revolution but instead got into deeper misery in attracting foreign investors. Instead of instituting good strategy our politicians concentrated in enriching themselves. If we want a progressive country we must have true commitments & a better system to attract investors. If we can't do that then this problem stays. It's like cancer that's incurable. So, simplify the process & give more incentives. Sticking to the old system will not solve this problem. So, wake up & just do it.
Name: Paco Sa Cruz
City/State/Country: Vietnam IP Address: 18.104.22.168
Gone are the days when the winning politicians are branded as "abogado di kampanilya". After Marcos was removed from power and Cory took over along with the "abogago di kampanilya", we have not recovered from the corrupt system put in place by Marcos. The useless COMELEC in the pretense of protecting democracy, allow every kind of monkey to run for an elected position and movie stars and other popular personalities, started to rule the country. The best and the brightest were replaced by popular no-brainers and products of corrupt political dynasty. Election become useless as unqualified personalities continue to win and the country is left with corrupt and self-serving politicians resulting in an unwanted business environment aptly described in this article.
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