The 1986 EDSA people power ‘revolution’ has irreparably damaged the Philippines

Back in the heady days leading up to the 1986 EDSA “people power” “revolution”, the top slogan of supporters of then incumbent Philippine president Ferdinand E. Marcos was, what else, “Marcos pa rin!” (roughly translated: “Still Marcos!”). Fast forward to today and, guess what, the incumbent’s slogan that “trended” in recent days (presumably to counter an avalanche of calls for President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III to step down) is “Noynoy pa rin!”

What a difference (or rather lack of it) three decades makes. Just shy of the 30th anniversary of that “revolution”, apologists of the Son of Cory are now making the very same desperate appeal to the Filipino public — that their guy BS Aquino is not really such a bad guy and should continue as “president”.

Old habits die hard: Slogans to support an incumbent haven't changed much since 1986.
Old habits die hard: Slogans to support an incumbent haven’t changed much since 1986.
What is actually disturbing is that it took Filipinos almost 30 years to figure out that they had been had by what basically is an even greedier, more power-hungry, feudal clan. The House of Aquino-Cojuangco is no different from all the others that the Yellow-branded rhetoric sought to demonise over the last three decades. We have President BS Aquino to thank for the clarity we now enjoy. BS Aquino, over the last five years has shown that another Aquino in power merely further embedded the same institutionalised thievery, encouraged the same politically-motivated “projects”, and propagated the same agenda-laden thinking — only this time the results were far more disastrous and unleashed over a far shorter timeframe. Aquino, in short, presided over an administration that was deadly-efficient at sowing dysfunction across the nation!

And yet, a small band of misguided Filipinos continue to chant: #NoyNoyPaRin!

Not surprisingly, the dude who supposedly launched that Twitter hasghtag is none other than disgraced televangelist Brother Eli Soriano of Ang Dating Daan fame. The radio and TV show is one of the longest-running religious programs in the Philippines. The program gained notoriety for its pointed “exposés” of so-called “doctrinal errors” of other Christian sects. Interestingly, Soriano was reportedly arrested in 2006 on charges of raping one of his church devotees in 2000…

Soriano allegedly “took advantage of his moral ascendancy and/or influence” to direct his subordinate to come into his room, massage him and have anal intercourse, around 1:30 p.m. of May 17, 2000.

The case information said the sexual acts were done “against the will and consent, and to the damage and prejudice” of the complainant, who was also a religious.

Soriano has so far insisted that these accusations have “not been proven in court”. According on the last known report on the case, Soriano’s bid to have the case dismissed was rejected by the Philippines’ Court of Appeals.

What then is left to “celebrate” whenever the anniversary of the 1986 “revolution” comes around?

Not much really. At a fundamental level, the Philippines remains the same country it was before that “revolution”. As such, there was nothing truly revolutionary about that whole circus in 1986. The same power structures remain entrenched in Philippine politics and business. The same tiny elite clique of families still rule the islands. The same sorts of disasters still kill tens of thousands of Filipinos. And the same armed homicidal terrorists roam the country’s mountains and jungles with impunity.

Dependence on the remittances of the country’s vast army of overseas foreign workers is growing. And the economy is propped up more by consumption and asset bubbles (both fuelled by these remittances) than by real industrial capacity.

The “democracy” supposedly “restored” by this “revolution” is there in form but not in substance. The quality of the political “debate” has failed to rise to the level a true modern democracy demands. The result of this macro retardation is a devastating paralysis in the face of the gross incompetence exhibited by President BS Aquino in managing the crisis sparked by the recent massacre of 44 Filipino police officers by Islamic terrorists in Mindanao. Despite what has become a clear catastrophic loss of confidence in his “leadership”, the president remains safe in his office thanks to the public’s equal distaste for the alternative, Vice President Jejomar Binay who, like the president, is also a popularly-elected official.

That both the President and Vice President are equally detested by the very same people who voted for them is an indictment of the effectiveness of the sort of democracy the Philippines suffers today — one where the popular will does not, in most cases, reflect the best interests of the nation.

In essence, the 1986 “revolution” has given power to a people who are hopeless at wielding power productively.

A new narrative is needed to replace the idiotic “hero”-infested fairy tale told by Yellow propagandists over the last several decades. The new story should appeal to intelligence rather than emotion. Filipinos need to embrace the cold reality of the truth and wean itself off the warm fuzzy feeling they get from being told that they are a “blessed” lot. There is nothing blessed about chronic poverty and institutionalised injustice. Sadly, this is pretty much the only two things Filipinos have to show after three decades of post-“revolution” “freedom”.

The Yellow ribbon President BS Aquino continues to insist on wearing on his left shirt breast belongs where it should have been when he first took his seat in Malacanang — in the crapper.

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DR
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What was achieved in 1986? the answer is nothing, just moved onto a different slave master.

Gogs
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In the last year BS Aquino has done the impossible . Made people yearn for Erap, like Noynoy not known for intellect but at least Erap was not known as a national sellout. He had his his version of the KKK but you couldn’t accuse him of selling out the nation. Oh one more thing. There was a chance of Erap pa rin towards the end.

Jmac
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70 years since the Philippines became independent and it’s still a craphole. Whatever its advantages; cultural, natural and economic, has been squandered and wasted because of its people’s abject stupidity in making the best of its God-given blessings. Colonial oppression? Heck, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea have experienced colonial oppression and have become independent more or less or at the same time as the Philippines with less advantages, and yet these countries, these societies have done far better jobs as nation-states than the Philippines. Something about Filipinos, most, not all, that make them utter losers. Many of them still… Read more »
Ricardo_Diaz
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“Meet your new boss, same as your old boss.”

And that explains the transition of the Philippine governments from 1987 to now.

Needless to say that the Philippines remains stagnant in how its run. So much that besides the new technology, how things are run haven’t changed at all.

To quote an expat,

“Fuck me, I’ve landed in a dystopian sci-fi Novel.” ~ Marius O.

marius
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Thanks for the quote Ricardo 🙂 It’s a great pity the Philippines has racism and xenophobia written into its constitution and legal code. The nations that Jmac mentioned borrowed heavily – the less charitable might say ‘stole’ – from other cultures in order to develop. They didn’t attempt the bizarre North Korean self-sufficiency thing that’s implied by Philippine laws and culture. If they could just extract their heads out of their own ass for five minutes – or at least stop watching the disastrous bullshit that spews out of the TV – they’d see that there’s a big world out… Read more »
jameboy
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It’s a great pity the Philippines has racism and xenophobia written into its constitution and legal code.
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Honestly, I’m not aware of such thing. I hope you can share with us where to find ‘racism and xenophobia’ in the Constitution and legal code.

mack
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Highly Protectionist policies that forces foreign companies to give 60% of their earnings to the government, foreigners unable to own land without a voucher etc. The Philippines make it so much harder for outsiders to start and run a business than any other country in the region.

marius
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Have you even READ the Constitution, jameboy? It’s very interesting. If you wanted to keep a country mired in poverty and isolationism forever, that’s the document you’d write. The 1986 constitution excludes all foreigners (and foreign countries) from any meaningful participation in the Philippine economy. The Foreign Negative List affirms this by preventing foreigners from practicing any trade or business whatsoever without at least 60% ownership by Filipinos – which is of course impossible, because that sort of capital is simply not available. The Anti-Dummy Law, which is possibly the most badly-worded piece of trash I’ve ever had the misfortune… Read more »
Gaang
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Filipinos born to foreign parents (yes those are still Filipinos believe it or not) will never become Filipino citizens of this country by birth, unless they pay the court to have them naturalized- living whole your life in this country; learning Tagalog curses and practically living and acting like a Filipino won’t make the cut because your parents are foreigners. Oh you can’t own practically anything in this country if you’re a foreigner- land, house, even bank account, no no you can’t unless you pay a Filipino to be your dummy to put their name on those properties. And you… Read more »
jameboy
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I think “exclude” is not the proper term to use but ‘restrict’. I agree, there is a provision in the Constitution that provides certain restrictions against foreign direct investment in the economy. Art.XII, National Economy and Patrimony, provides for certain protectionist clauses that imposes restrictions on foreign ownership based on the idea that the country’s sovereignty from foreign encroachments is best protected by limiting foreign ownership. By imposing barriers on foreign trade and investments and prohibiting controlling property rights of foreign nationals, the framers of the Constitution thought at the time that domestic economic strength and independence would be achieved.… Read more »
triple r
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With very few if any exceptions, the EDsA generation should be characterized as the generation that failed.

jeni
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miserable pilipinos, didn’t even know your country is planned to become a islamic state. i just hope America will help you guys. what is your president’s connection with the sultanate Johor, sultan ibrahim ismail, whose father is also a friend of ninoy. recall the sabah giveaway. camp abubakar was named after the grandfather of the sultanate of Johor, tunku abu bakar.

god bless your country, the pearl of the orient.

ChinoF
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Historically, Muslims used to rule even Luzon. The many rajahs in Luzon were actually Muslims. The Spanish probably converted them because of the Christian-Muslim opposition happening back in the mainland. But for me, this is no reason to force the Philippines into Islamic domination just because of this. The now has Christianity, but hopefully it becomes pluralism.

marius
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Funnily enough, ChinoF, considering the Philippines boasts of being the “only Christian country in Asia”, I have yet to meet a Christian there.

Lots of people with spooky pictures on the walls and idols in the living room, but no actual Christians – as in, people who have read the Bible, taken it to heart, and practice its teachings in everyday life.

mack
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Man, the disbelief these people have when I mention East Timor also being majority Christian to them.

d_forsaken
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The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. … What country before ever existed a century and half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify… Read more »
Sick Amore
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#Noynoyparin slogan goes to show how cowardly the president is, wanting to be saved by his constituents instead of him doing the right thing. He could’ve given Filipinos a good start to develop their duck-abortioned mind if he would own up to his mistakes and step down but I guess he thought of continuing with the incompetency as finishing the race he started. Who would want the Filipino electorate to improve and evolve? Definitely not the ones tying a yellow ribbon round an old laughable system of democracy.

John
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Will this nation even reach its 100th year of independence?
I think things are about to get shockingly spontaneous and radical in the following days, weeks, and months. The Philippines is nearing in the edge of abyss.

Hyden0077Toro
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The 1986 EDSA Revolution was sponsored by the U.S. It is an uprising for so called: “Democracy”. However, it is the installation and continuation of Feudal Oligarchy. The Aquinos and the Conjuangcos stopped the Land Reform Program, to protect their Hacienda Luisita. The NPA grew in strength, and have power in the government.

Mindanao terrorists become more embolden to murder soldiers. While, the Aquinos used the Media, to portray themselves as Saints and Heroes.

Add
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..Since Oplan Marwan, this President has been acting strangely. First, he goes to Zamboanga without advising the Malacañang Press Corp 24 hours prior to the trip as they are wont to do. Cotabato City Hall, a six-hour drive from Zamboanga, because of prior notice, waits for him whole afternoon. He does not show up in Cotabato City in the meantime that news start filtering out of 44 SAF operatives are killed in the operation. News, or rumors, are leaked that he either froze, or worse, commanded the reinforcing troops to stand down to save a questionable peace treaty called BBL… Read more »
Add
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#PNoyPaRin ang katangi tangi leader sa mundo na pinabayaan ang maintenance ng MRT. Yan pumila kayo ng milyahe.

Kung talagang para ekonomiya sya, bakit nya pinabayaan yan? Eh yan naghahakot ng mga taong nagpapa-ikot ng eknonmiya. Dahil ba sa pakiki-alam ng kapatid nya at mga kaibigan nya sa MRT na nabuko, kaya nya pinabayaan?

Tapos aankinin nya paglago daw ng ekonomiya. Pareho ba yan sa pag ankin nya sa proyekto ng bagong airport sa Cagayan de Oro na sa totoo ay proyekto ni Gloria?

Add
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#PNoyPaRin ang panay tago sa publiko ng pumalpak sa Mamasapano, Luneta, at DAP. Payo ba yan ng babaerong at lasinggerong ES nya?

#PNoyPaRin ang nagbago ibig sabihin ng KKK. Ganyan ba ang makabayan, o makapang-sarili?

Add
Guest

#PinoyPaRin Talaga? Tignan nyo nga si Grace Poe. Sandali pa lang Senado, marami ng nagawa. Eh si PNoy nun sa Senado?

Add
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#PNoyPaRin Talaga? Sino ba nagbitaw ng DAP at PDAF kay Enrile, Jinggoy at Bong nun linilitis si Corona?

Add
Guest

Kung Hei Fat Tsoi. Gong Xi Fat Tsai.

#PinoyPaRin no, it is not the year of wooden sheep. It is the year of a fucking lame duck.

Yawn
Guest

Chinese military steals Philippine territory.

Philippines government declares a pubic holiday to celebrate Chinese New Year.

More idiotic in the Philippines.

Add
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.Hahaha. Just heard on radio a feng shui expert kuno that PHL will never progress daw. Because (a) the location of Malacañang daw is very, very bad feng shui. It is in some corner which is not prominent unlike say the White House in DC. Worst, at its back is the poluted Pasig River which denotes it is not resting on anything solid as say the Blue House of South Korea which has a mountain at its back. Any progress it may have is immediately washed away by the river. (b) Next, the way the highways, streets, road, etc are… Read more »
Beawolf Agatte
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Philippines was worse economiclly and politically after that 1986 Farce Revolution with the Saintly Mother of Corruption at the helm. Now the country is much more worst when the Mentally dysfunctional Son of that Biatch became President trough the courtesy of Hocus PCOS. We cannot entirely blame them if they took advantage of also dysfunctional minds and character of the Filipinos.

jeni
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guys guys guys, you are crying the wrong slogans. it’s the hacienda luisita.

BBL + ANCESTRAL DOMAIN = SAVING HACIENDA LUISITA

that’s the mission of the aquinos from the start. to steal it from the farmers nothing else.

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