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Monday, February 25, 2008

Remembering the People Power Revolution

Monday, February 25, 2008 Posted by vernon go

The People Power Revolution (also known as the EDSA Revolution and the Philippine Revolution of 1986) was a series of non-violent and prayerful mass street demonstrations in the Philippines that occurred in 1986. The protests were the culmination of a long resistance by the people against the 20-year running authoritarian regime of then current president Ferdinand Marcos and made news headlines as "the revolution that surprised the world".The majority of the demonstrations took place at Epifanio de los Santos Avenue, known more commonly by its acronym EDSA, in Quezon City, Metropolitan Manila and involved over 200,000 Filipino civilians as well as several political and military figures. The protests, fueled by a resistance and opposition of years of corrupt governance by Marcos, occurred from February 22 to 25 in 1986, when Marcos fled MalacaƱang Palace to the United States and conceded to Corazon Aquino as President of the Philippines.



Many people around the world rejoiced and congratulated Filipinos they knew. Bob Simon, an anchorman at CBS said, "We Americans like to think we taught the Filipinos democracy; well, tonight they are teaching the world."


It is the best time to reflect about the future of the Philippines right now. I am not saying/posting this because of the numerous political scandals and government anomalies (Red tape, ZTE-NBN Broadband, fertilizer scam, other unknown stuff and the like). I am just sick and tired of people in the government ripping us “The People they serve” off and I am sick of some people (ignorant or just simply a radical activist) blaming the government for their so called suffering. Well I’ve got news for you, We the People are (or part of) the Government, we are the stakeholders (Government of, by & for the people). The masses should learn and realize this and not get exploited by those persons who have their own agendas.


Bottom line is that if we do not get our act together, chances are we will be left behind by the world, and if we remain in this silly state, there might come a time where we are left behind by Africa.


Salamat ug BOW!

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