The Philippines is worse off 30 years after the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution

I’m tired of reading stories from old farts about the so-called “people power” revolution that transpired at EDSA in 1986. These old-timers hold a tradition to relive the tale over and over and this year is no different as Filipinos set out to mark the 30th anniversary of the event. The stories seem to be growing on trees lately and some of them are annoying because they omit the important role played by Senator Juan Ponce Enrile & former President Fidel Ramos in the lead up to the event. Cory Aquino wasn’t even present during the three-day rally as she was said to be hiding in Cebu but her supporters keep crediting EDSA’s “success” to her.

A 3-day fiesta: The so-called EDSA 'people power' revolution
A 3-day fiesta: The so-called EDSA ‘people power’ revolution
Had Enrile and Ramos not defected from the Marcos administration, the military then would have probably dispersed the crowd even before their numbers reached a hundred. Fortunately for those who took to the streets to support Enrile and Ramos, the military did not touch them. It’s no secret that the military respected both Enrile and Ramos in those days and possibly until now. The people should also give credit to the late former President Ferdinand Marcos for not insisting on shooting or using water canons on the protesters. A truly evil dictator like the late Muammar Gaddafi and Bashar al-Assad would have clung to power even if it meant killing hundreds of civilians.

Those who keep reliving the stories of EDSA simply can’t move on. They cling on to the memory of the event partly because of the fiesta atmosphere and mostly because the event was anti-climactic. What followed the “success” of the EDSA revolution was disappointing.

Truly, after all the build up, the ending of the EDSA story was an anticlimactic letdown. I feel sorry for people who are stuck in the past. Being stuck in the past is a phenomenon that occurs when nothing significant has happened in the succeeding years following a supposedly seminal event or when things went downhill from a happy and glorious event.

While the peaceful revolution was hailed worldwide and impressed the international community, three decades later, not much has changed in Philippine society. Filipinos are facing a different kind of tyranny nowadays – something that is even more difficult to remove than a single dictator – the members of the oligarchy. They are the few powerful elite families and clans that own and control mainstream media, telecommunications networks, power and water supply. They provide mostly crappy service and shortchange their Filipino customers.

The protesters may have succeeded in ousting Marcos Sr, but his successors, starting with the late President Cory Aquino, were either too incompetent or too corrupt in their own right to fix the ills of the nation. A lot of people actually describe the current President Benigno Simeon Aquino as both incompetent and corrupt and, in that sense, worse than Marcos Sr.

Sure, the Philippines or, rather, Metro Manila has more malls now than before and there are more cars on the road but those are hardly signs of progress. It’s actually an indication of society’s lack of imagination and lack of planning. The number of malls is proportionate to the number of people who spend a lot of time doing shallow activities like shopping and spending money instead of saving or investing it. The number of cars on the road point to the lack of reliable public transportation. We all know that Filipinos love their malls. But don’t ask BS Aquino why the traffic is bad. He’ll insist it is a sign of progress. He has this bizarre way of spinning his failures to suit a perception favorable to him.

Do not believe anyone who says that life during the Martial Law years was worse than today. It’s not black and white. It could be the same. There are a lot of people who say that life then was peaceful for those who did not break the law.

Of course there were the abuses committed by members of the military and the Philippine National Police. But the same can be said about their behavior during the Cory years. She has not been held accountable for the Mendiola massacres in 1987 where 13 people were killed by government anti-riot forces. Likewise, the Hacienda Luisita massacre in 2004 was when seven farmers died in the hands of PNP and AFP forces. And now, during her son’s reign, BS Aquino has avoided taking responsibility for the countless deaths during his term starting with the eight Chinese tourists who died during the Mendoza hostage crisis in 2010 which was partly due to government incompetence in handling the situation.

For the same reason, six thousand people (a conservative estimate) died during the Yolanda typhoon in 2014. And let’s now forget the 44 Special Action Force (SAF) troopers who died in the hands of members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front who were, at the time, in the process dictating the terms of a so-called peace agreement to BS Aquino. The President’s effort to appease the rebels was allegedly the reason he did not authorize the military to help the SAF troops who were under attack. His behavior – favoring the enemy more than his men – was tantamount to treason. That’s obviously something worse than declaring Martial Law, which was a legal move to save the country from a communist takeover back in the early 1970s.

Do not believe anyone who says that the economy is better now. BS Aquino’s government used illegal means like pork barrel funds and the so-called Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) to aggressively spend in a desperate bid to stimulate economic growth. The problem is, the economy is now a bubble. If the next administration puts a hold on spending, it could negatively-affect economic growth. In other words, the economic growth we are supposedly in the midst of is now unsustainable and merely for show while BS Aquino is in power. The only thing that truly keeps the economy afloat are the remittances from overseas contract workers. It’s worth mentioning again, for the sake of the new voters, that it was during Marcos Sr’s time when the policy of sending Filipinos to work abroad started. It was not a good way to fix unemployment but succeeding administrators also benefited from that strategy nonetheless.

Furthermore, the BS Aquino government borrowed too much from foreign creditors to fund his three trillion-peso budget. The total amount he borrowed during his term is said to be more than four trillion pesos. That is more than the amount his supporters keep accusing Marcos Sr of borrowing during his term. Filipinos who are not even born yet already have a debt to pay thanks to BS Aquino. I suppose the thought doesn’t bother him because he does not have a child and his term is about to end anyway. It’ll be someone else’s problem. As long as BS Aquino’s allies in the media keep harping about how the economy is better during his term, his image will remain intact.

So the stories about EDSA told by the old farts will remain a story about a three-day fiesta and nothing more. As my sociology professor once said, Filipinos love feasting for a day and fasting all year. In this case, a three-decade fasting followed a three-day fiesta.

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Danny Dela Cruz
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Very well said in your article Ilda. That really is the present situations 30 years after the EDSA 86. Yan Talaga ang alam naming silent majority at mga mamamayan. At Gising na ang Bayan na ni Hindi dapat I celebrate ang EDSA revolution. Dyan mo rin makikita Kung Anong klaseng lider si Pres. FE Marcos, na Hindi totoong Diktador. Mayroon siyang Puso para sa taong bayan kaya Hindi siya pumayag na bombahin ang mga taong kasama sa EDSA 86 na kayang kaya nyang gawin noon. May malasakit pa rin si FM sa Buhay ng Tao dahil higit sa lahat siya… Read more »
EasterLily
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Allow me to share… After 30 years What has the ‘EDSA revolution’ really done for us? The following article by Magdalena Torres first saw print 30 years ago, shortly after the “EDSA revolution.” After all these years of celebrating “EDSA people power”, we ask ourselves again: What has the so-called Feb. 25 EDSA revolution really done for us? It is interesting to note that in spite of the “miracle at EDSA” the people of this only Christian nation in Asia have remained loyal to anyone but Christ. Note the various factions we are thanking for the so called “bloodless revolution.”… Read more »
benign0
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You are “allowed” to share as long as you don’t spam this site.

JoseR
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The priest in the Philippines are more interested in raising funds, rather than help save souls. One thing that I can’t seem to understand from your diatribes are your conflicting comments about oligarchs and their control of utilities and the media. But, you only mentioned them once, but, you mentioned more than once that the international media or more directly, the US media was or are the one controlling.You raise my suspicion that you are probably one of the closet commies still wanting to discredit everything against the US. But, clothing yourself in religious overtones. Wake up, and see for… Read more »
ddk
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indeed, Padres Damaso and Irene live on!

Lorenzo
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EDSA1 the very reason we are free to speak our minds and our liberty. I was not there either to see how life was when the Japanese occupied the Philippines, but I don’t call my parents old farts when they commemorate liberation day.

vagoneto rieles
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I consider “Old Fart” a mild pejorative.. if at all it is. Knowing, however, that people have different levels of sensibilities, I’d use it, (as I have), exclusively on myself.

765Hyden007Toro978987.99
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765Hyden007Toro978987.99
My late father was a Bataan Death March veteran. He joined the Filipino guerrillas, after the surrender of Bataan. The Japanese Imperialist Army invaders and occupiers, were assisted by Benigno Aquino Sr., KALIBAPI Party. Benigno Aquino Sr., founded the KALIBAPI Party. The KALIBAPI people, were spies , traitors, torturers, killers,murderers, rapists, etc… The KALIBAPI people assisted in the torture, execution and burning of houses of Filipino guerrillas. After the liberation of the Philippines. Benigno Aquino, Sr. fled with his Japanese buddies to Tokyo, Japan. He was captured by the Americans, in Tokyo, Japan. He was tried for Treason in a… Read more »
booker
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yes.. as much as mariano marcos was executed by guerrillas because he’s a makapili. let’s no go that far… baka di mo alam.. pati si macoy sr.— suspected din sya na japanese collaborator— he can’t the suspisions.. kht Finake nya pa mga war medals nya

Yoshikage Kira
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hooker: And you’re also turning a blind eye on the fact that Noynoy’s grandpa was also a Makapili. Ironic, isn’t it?

Ann Blanco
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Internet and on-line networking is the main reason we can talk free.

People talked freely during Marcos regime. The rallies were constant. “Ibagsak ang tuta ni Marcos! Ibagsak ang imperialismong Amerika!”

Ito ang araw-araw na naririnig noon nag-aaral ako sa Manila. Pag-uwi mo sa probinsiya, malaya, sagana sa pagkain at magaan ang pera dahil sa programa niya sa pagsasaka.

vince
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Sabihin na natin na magaling talaga si marcos. but his greed destroyed his legacy. wag niyo sabihin na hindi siya corrupt at hindi siya masamang tao dahil napakadaming tao ang namatay dahil sakanya, kasama din siya sa 10 na pinaka corrupt na leader ng ibang bansa.TANDAAN NIYO ANG PILIPINAS ANG NUMBER 2 SA PAG UPO NIYA. PAG ALIS NIYA SA PWESTO NG 1986 SIRANG SIRA ANG BANSA AT BAON SA UTANG. IRESEARCH NIYO PLEASE LANG. BAKIT NAGHIHIRAP ANG PILIPINO? EXPLAIN KO DURING THE TIME OF MARCOS THE AVERAGE INFLATION RATE WAS 15% what does it mean? YOUR MONEY LOSES ITS… Read more »
Lolitt
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BECAUSE AFTER EDSA PHILIPPINES PAID FOR THE OVERPRICED/GHOST PROJECT OF MARCOSES. LIKEWISE WITH THE ENTRY OF GLORIA WHO LIKE MARCOS IS GREEDY WITH POWER AND WEALTH, OUR COUNTRY SUFFERED ANOTHER SETBACK. KUNG NAGING KATULAD LANG SANA NI MARCOS SI LEE KWAN YEW THE UNSELFISH PRIME MINISTER OF SINGAPORE , WHO ALSO INSTALLED MARTIAL LAW TO HIS COUNTRY TO ATTAIN HIS GOLDEN VISION E DI SANA WALA TAYONG OFW NA INIEXPOT TO OTHER COUNTRIES TO SERVE AS LABORER OR WORST DOMESTIC HELPERS.

Aeta
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Lollit,

Your chronological account of Philippine history from the Martial Law to the present–including the demographic of Singapore to ours-is screwy and left out a lot of details. First, it sounded like you are only blaming two thieves (Marcos and GMA) and declared the other thieves innocent. Second, Singapore is a landlocked country, first colonized by the British, not Americans, and made up of different ethinicities. Third, the number of OFWs did not multiply until after the EDSA revolution, when the Chinese and political opportunitists started doing their own thing to rape the country.

Ann Blanco
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Matiga ang ulo ng Pilipino. Ang Singapore 2 milyon ang tao. Ngayon 5 milyon lang. Ang Pilipinas 30 milyon ngayon 101 milyon, may giyera sa Mindanao at giyera sa buong Pilipinas laban sa Commmunist-NPA. https://thelongnwindingroad.wordpress.com/tag/singapore-100-years-ago/ Maginhawa na dati ang Singapore 200 years ago. Inulit lang ang mga programa at mas marami ang ipinatayo ng Great Britain. Giyera din ang mga communist sa gulong ng Great Britain at ASEAN countries kasama ang Pilipinas. Walang tumulong kay Marcos na labanan ang mga NPA at Muslim rebels. Ngayon ang gobyerno ang nakikiusap sa mga NPA at Muslim nation na sana huwag silang manggulo.… Read more »
BongPanda
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Marcos pa rin?

Pro-Marcos Loyalist-Apologist-Denialist, Martial Law Lover, Histroical Revisionist.

You believe in pro-Marcos propaganda, making Marcos a most decorated war hero with 33 medals for not being a dictator?

Ilda too is a Pro-Marcos loyalist.

Pro-Marcos loyalists are neo-Nazis and fascists and rightists that are denialists to prove that Marcos clan will remain unapologetic forever and ever.

DIO
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As expected from an Aquino apologist: all crap and no substance. Aquino apologists like yourself are also neo-Nazis and neo-fascists and will remain unapologetic about what the country has gone to for 30 years.

BTW, that comment of yours will be DELETED since you’re now attacking the author. 😂

DIO
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Seriously, our government will censor and delete our comments like that in China.

rightist
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I disagree. I think for many people, life in the past 30 years is better than before 1986. There was a hopeless atmosphere during the few years before 1986 (1982-86). Even my parents wanted to go abroad to be illegal immigrants. They tried all avenues to emigrate but failed and that was good for us because our lives with its up and downs became better after 1986 through their hard work. We are not connected to any big business and politics. Aside from my experience and the experience of my peers, the numbers do not lie. Economic growth rates are… Read more »
1qazwsx
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*turns a blind eye to Pnoy’s blatant unconstitutional moves like DAP and BBL*

Juan de la Cruz
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You are so quick to say that when you also turn a blind eye to the facts that were presented in this response. The positive facts. Why are you turning a blind eye to the atrocities made by that shameless family who pillaged this country? And kapal ninyong magsabi ng kasalanan ng iba, but you refuse to accept the kidnappings, torture, murder of Filipinos who tried to fight for freedom!

DIO
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Right, and none of those things have happened after Marcos left. And ‘freedom’ means you can do anything you want without limit or without responsibility, which it can lead to anarchy.

Bravo for your sheer idiocy and ignorance. Sorry if I’m not drinking the Yellow Kool-aide like you do. 🙂

1qazwsx
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Some of the criticisms with your idol have valid basis. And stop with those silly noytard generalizzations.

JustineD
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If your perspective stops at martial law, yes, things would seem rosy. But an outsider’s (global) perspective of the country’s current circumstances would be more illuminating – Distribution of wealth is heinous, de facto monopolies are owned by a few families, government / social services are the pits. This is class violence. About that IP tracing, sounds like a convenient exaggeration to me. Martial law was lifted in 1981, not 1986. From COA insiders then, Cory and her OICs were equally corrupt. Some were of the opinion that the OICs were even more blatantly corrupt. Its just that they did… Read more »
rightist
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The article is whether people are better off today than 30 years ago. My opinion is more people are better off today than are not. There are more opportunities available in the Philippines. Social mobility is rising. Infrastructure is gradually improving to the level required by our increasing population. There are still poor people. The government can help some of them but many are still poor because of poor personal choices. Bills like the RH bill give the poor more choices to manage their life but conservative elements in society has resisted these changes. PPP program of the government gives… Read more »
Reagan Velarde
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..only the “oligarchs” felt this so called good economy..true progress should be able to minimize if not eradicate social inequality.. and those people who are “better off” nowadays , majority comes from MLM companies and not from the effect of the claimed new tiger economy..please remove the “yellow blinds” off of your faces..the Philippines is worse 30 years ago.

DIO
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Either you’re missing the point or you’re just TROLLING.

I think it’s both.

domo
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I bet you’re one of those richfags who only enjoy the so-called “freedom” from marcos, eh failipino?

Joseph
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You’re absolutely correct,I remember how hard life was living under that regime.

domo
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Because you’re a commietard that you can’t make trouble during that regime? Well that figures.

miong
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was already a teen during Marcos’ time, and truly, i appreciate his way of governance.

he’s got a better mind and plan for the country.

the 60s and 70s are just too ‘commie-popular’ and people like ninoy who never really did anything good other than oppose Marcos just got lucky to be assassinated.

was a cory fanatic back then, and i really regret joining the yellow bandwagon.

to this day, i realized that we just ‘threaded-along’ the same route and still nowhere near any ‘positive path’.

‘daang matuwid’ is just a soundbite and yellowism should die. it speaks of ‘katamaran’, ‘paninisi’ and ‘credit-grab’.

Ann Blanco
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Ang famine ay dahil sa iisa ang nag-ma-mayari ng mga lupain sa Negros ang mga Lopez sa tubuhan hanggang ma-land reform at naikalat sa mga biktimang mahihirap. Ang hindi nangyari ay ang Hacienda Lucita na kamkam pa rin ng mga Aquio-Cojuangco. Maraming nabigyan ng lupain at magaganda ang ani dahil nagpappadala noon si Marcos ng mga Agriculturist sa bawat baryo at nagmimiting ng libre para maituro ang mga magsasaka. May mga abono, pesticide at libreng binhi. May Rural Bank na pautang na walang interes. Maganda ang buhay ng kanayunan noon at mas marami silang pera kaysa sa mga nagtratrabaho sa… Read more »
AscendedREALDIO
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@Fake DIO a.k.a. PropagandaFAG Boy:

Seriously, you’re just becoming ridiculous with your shitposting and trolling, but impersonating one of the commenters is the worst. EVER. I’m 100% sure you’re on a payroll and you’re no different on those cucks who keeps on posting bomb jokes.

897Toro007Hyden9999.99
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897Toro007Hyden9999.99
Ramos and Enrile , were tools of the U.S./C.I.A., to oust Marcos. If Marcos, would had used his power…we would had end up like Syria or worse. The U.S./C.I.A. used the same tactic in China’s Tiennamen Square. But, the late Deng Ziao Peng, used his military might to defeat the rebellion. The same happened in Myanmar (Burma). The U.S./C.I.A. , used the Buddhist monks, to overthrow the Military Dictators. The Military Dictators, used their power. And, the Myanmar rebellion was put down. Aquino was used by the U.S./C.I.A., and the family who use their being”collaborators” with enemies, as their tool… Read more »
Alfredo Santos
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I can only say one thing on this EDSA1, if Marcos is a true dictator and a man of violence, killings and murders, he could have ordered the massive bombing of Aguinaldo at that time, killing Enrile, Ramos and Honasan with thousands of people milling around. He still has so many Generals and soldiers on his side, Fabian Ver and his Licensed to KIll unit headed by Abadilla is still there, why didn’t he order the massive destruction of that place to restore his power and decimate all acts of EDSA1 rebellion? Me and my Family was there in front… Read more »
Vagoneto Rieles
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‘EDSA’ in February 1986 was not an insignificant event. It was the timely, final shove that tumbled a dictatorship when it was at its tipping point. Cory’s absence was indeed immaterial. What seemed to matter was the incredulous capitulation of Juan Ponce Enrile and Fidel Ramos; both of whom, stalwarts in the disgraced dictatorship, and who held sway over a formidable bloc of the military then; and, whose decisions were guided more by the ‘writing on the wall’, rather than by pure ‘patriotism’, (a virtue that doesn’t happen overnight). To even think that theirs was an ‘epiphany’ is absurd. Opportunism..… Read more »
32Hyden007Toro88999.99
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32Hyden007Toro88999.99

It was the masses who were scammed by the U.S./C.IA., Ramos, Enrile, Aquino, Cardinal Sin, the Roman Catholic Church,…etc…

They call the “Hakot demonstrators” masses…

“By their fruits, you shall know them”…from the Christian Bible scriptures. What are the fruits of EDSA? Who profited from it? Just open your eyes…you will see the answer. It is Glaring…we are now the basket case of Asia..

Jericho
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Because your generation wasted the opportunity to make this nation great again. Don’t disrespect those who gave the freedom you enjoy today. Want to live again in the same situation as the martial years?

WR
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Why are we suddenly forced to be beholden to “those” people. Who are “those” people? “Those” people are certainly not immune from any question or criticism. This is what happens when some issues are declared a “Sacred Cow” giving it supposed immunity from question or criticism. EDSA should NOT be declared a Sacred Cow. We don’t owe “those” people anything.

DIO
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And “those” people who gave that freedom are the ones who are destroying this country. What’s the use of this so-called “freedom” if it doesn’t have the word RESPONSIBILITY in it?

domo
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What wasted opportunity yellowtard? To abuse your so-called “freedom”? No wonder why our country is actually a democrazy. Actually, it’s your beloved aquino-cojuanco mafia who made this country a basketcase thanks to their selfish interests and yet look at you still kissing their asses and treat them like demigods that you’re like declaring a civil war against us anti-aquinos. You yellowtards, along with your commie friends, cause nothing but trouble.

Johnny Derp
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The joke’s on you, noytard.

Martial Law was in-fact declared in responseto the communist threat which your so-called hero, Ninoy, was a part of.

Johnny Derp
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By the way,

Unlike your pweh-sident’s BBL and DAP

Martial Law was
Constitutional and Legal

DIO
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I am a Christian, but unfortunately, I saw the irony of it.

Instead, men have forgotten God. Because after this, what’s next? The deluge.

domo
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And those yellowtards being “proud” catholics are obviously celebrating that fake revolution as a vengeance against marcos’s “evil deeds”. Oh the hypocrisy of those katolibans are.

Ruel S
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Says the person who weren’t even born that time.

je
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Yan rason sa bobo sasabihin na pinanganak kanaba sa panahon yun? D mo alam pinabobo kau ng media? Pag may masabi lng balita media maniwla kayu agad ganyan kabobo tao ngaun. Tanong ko lng sau ano resulta sa ngaun? Sa pinag gagawa nyo. Ano ba nagawa ni cory? Change name ng mga pinatayo ni FM? Plss lng wag mo isulong yelow propaganda mo. Ruel!

joedmango
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agree

Jericho
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Ikaw ang nagsayang ng panahon para gumanda ang buhay binigay na sa henerasyon mo ang kalayaan, ano gusto mo subuan ka pa?. Gusto mong mabuhay sa panahon ng martial law o ngayon? Mamili ka.

WR
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Wala kaming utang sa EDSA na iyan. Hindi sagrado yang sinasabi nyong EDSA.

DIO
Guest

Yellow Zombies like you are the ones who are wasting their time.

Ikaw ang mamili: kalayaan sa pamamahayag o kalayaan mula sa kahirapan? Tignan mo ang Singapore ngayon.

domo
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Why yellowtard? Because you want communism to run rampant in our country then? Is that your so-called “freedom” commietard? Nagtatrabaho ka sa npa ano?

Johnny Derp
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I find it hypocritical that a yellowtard is resorting to fear tactics against critics of his pweh-sident.

Just another evidence that the yellow tards are desperate to resort to cowardly tactics in order to “silence” the critics.

July Ian
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TAMA ka bro. Good to know may mga taong mga kagaya mo na alam pa ang katotohanan di gaya ng iba na nbulag sa media

443Toro007Hyden890098.99
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443Toro007Hyden890098.99

You can ask many Filipino oldtimers, who were themselves Anti Marcos. They all agree: “We were used by : Aquino, Enrile, Ramos, the Cojuanhcos, Zobel-Ayala, Lopezes, etc”…all entrenched feudal Oligarchs.

The Filipinos with Chinese ancestry, became filthy rich thru:rice importation and rice smuggling. This is the reason, the Aquinos shelved and stopped the Land Reform Program. Primary reason is, to protect their Hacienda Luista, and pay the support they received from Filipinos , with Chinese ancestry, who now dominate the business and economy of the country.

Aeta
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443Toro007Hyden890098.99,

“The Filipinos with Chinese ancestry, became filthy rich thru:rice importation and rice smuggling. This is the reason, the Aquinos shelved and stopped the Land Reform Program.”

I can attest to this claim because my family’s farmland got the shitty end of the stick from the fiasco that these Chinese businesses created with the “Land Reform Program.”

Aeta

domo
Guest

Says the drama queen who only uses his heart instead of his head. Either you’re a commietard or an outlaw during martial law. Thanks a lot for smothering our country you dimwit!

je
Guest

D2 nagsimula ung kalbaryu ng mga pinoy, at nawla ung respecto ng ibang bansa.! Ang mga bobo nagtipon2x. Mga bagong generasyon ng kabataan ngaun cla ang natitiis!.. Kung d pa kau mga bobo tagalog o taga ilog! Ginamit nnyo utak nyo, hanggang ilog lng lawak ng kaisipan nyo. Plss lang wag nyo e post or celebrate yang putang ina kalayaan sinabi nnyo. Panahon nagmulat sa inyo mali desisyon. Hays bat bobo tagalog? Ako half ako tagalog sinusuka ko yan, sana d nlang tagalog ama ko! Bobo nyo!

989Toro007Hayden0909.99
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989Toro007Hayden0909.99

Yan ay huwad na kalayaan, kaibigan…kalayaan nilang magnakaw, at magpayaman, sa mga ipinadala na pera ng mga OFW, na katulad ko…

martin
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who are these people asking for retribution? are these civilians or communist link who wants to throw our republic?

jess
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Totally agree,Martin….

martin
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well, cry abandon edsa1 celebration as simple as that.

martin
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Hacienda Luisita is the ‘greed and betrayal’ of the aquinos to the pilipinos. they wrecked the Marcos real intentions for the country to be great in south east asian nations just to steal it from the farmers. their only hope now is the ‘ancestral domain’ in the shariah law of the BBL. that’s what pnoy doing now to save it, to steal it. if we want real change, bring back the Marcoses to malacanang. and the nation will be great again. pnoy likewise wants to change philippine history to cover-up the mess they did to their own motherland. now they… Read more »
Aeta
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The only thing the “1986 EDSA People Power Revolution” has done is to take the Failippines from the purgatory of Marcos’ regime, and eternally condemned it to Hell of the Aquino,Cojuangco, Enrile, Ramos, Lopez, Ayalas-Zobel, and the rest of their Chinese cohorts’ regime.

Sick_Amore
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Honestly, Ilda, I’d be happy to celebrate it IF we’re in the middle of a progressive, clean, safe and modern environment with highly educated, productive and disciplined masses and we’re governed with a leader somewhat like Lee Kuan Yew. That’s supposed to be the product of ousting a dictator and reclaiming democracy 30 years ago, isn’t it? I supposed EDSA Peope Power only let us out of dictatorship but fail to support the supposed real cause of making democracy work for the Filipinos. Nothing to celebrate really but more to be angry about. People Power ended in 1986 when it’s… Read more »
Aeta
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Sick_Amore,

The leaders (Enrile, Ramos, Lopez, Ayala-Zobel, and a slew of nameless others in the background) of the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution, are the same ones who enrich themselves after the smoke and dust have settled.

The “People’s Power” was never meant for the Failipino people, it was intended for the oligarchs who are running/ruining the country today.

Aeta

Jim DiGriz
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Right!

JoseR
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Ommiting the Aquinos and Cojuancos and their oligarchs cohorts is absurd. They are the ones running the show after Edsa.

nick
Guest
There is some truth in what you said but there are too much fallacies as well. True, this country is screwed up by the political system. How can you be sure that the country is worse off after 30 years? What are your metrics? I’d rather keep what human rights I have right now than go back. If we still had martial law today, you’d have been tracked down and *convinced* to stop. Also, can you convince us to your authority in speaking about our economic system? And to the other commenters, just because we are against one administration does… Read more »
ChinoF
Member

Just look at the number of OFWs, there are much more than in Marcos years, and yet the Aquino regime continues to treat them poorly, despite these OFWs being a significant reason the economy has not yet crashed.

Aeta
Guest

ChinoF,

That’s because these OFWs’ money (including the Balikbayans and tourists’ money) is what’s being used to enrich the Chinese-owned businesses (condominiums, shopping malls, retail, restaurants and hotels, automobiles, and imported goods), with the help of our corrupt local officials. .

Aeta

JoseR
Guest

They are not just being treated poorly. They are even criminally assaulted every time they come back to the country and when they go back to their employing nation abroad. Heard of the NAIA anomalies? But, the OFWs are cash cows,that their contributions to the economy are just that to the Pnoy administration. Utang na loob pa siguro nila na pinayagan silang makalabas ng Pilipinas para makapagtrabaho.

domo
Guest

I’ll leave this here:

Link to YouTube video

Aeta
Guest
nick, Here are some of my “metric” evidence: rising cost of living and over-inflated real estate value, growing crime rate, endless political and military strifes, and growing influence of Chinese (and Korean) in the politics and business. If those “metric” evidence are not enough to make the hair on your ass stand up and turn grey, I don’t know what will. By the way, human right violation doesn’t have to take form with guns pointed at you, as you claimed during Marcos’ presidency, it can also shows its sharp fangs in the form of day-to-day deprivation of your quality of… Read more »
tomas
Guest

“By the way, human right violation doesn’t have to take form with guns pointed at you, as you claimed during Marcos’ presidency, it can also shows its sharp fangs in the form of day-to-day deprivation of your quality of life through graft and corruption…”

Couldn’t have said it better myself.

Manang
Guest
I’d rather have freedom from poverty that freedom of speech that’s why I just shrugged my shoulder when I hear Edsa1. I’d rather have my husband working here than in Singapore just to give us a better life than that freedom of speech which only the journalists and leftist enjoyed much. I somehow envy Singapore for being a swamp area to being a first world country. Well thanks to their leaders who really look for the welfare of the nation. We dont need leaders who hails Edsa 1 or who are pro poor. We need leaders that could bring change… Read more »
Aeta
Guest

Manang,

“I’d rather have my husband working here than in Singapore just to give us a better life than that freedom of speech which only the journalists and leftist enjoyed much.”

This is the result of the 1986 EDSA Revolution. A modern form of “feudalism,”by forcing the Filipinos away from their loved ones become slaves on foreign land, so their remittance money can be used to make these oligarchs (who banded together to overthrow the Marcoses), have the country for themselves.

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joedmango
Guest

I have nothing against Chinese people, but after that stupid people power, many industries here in the ph crashed…. sayang lang, mayaman na sana ang bansa

Aeta
Guest

joedmango,

I, too, don’t have anything personal against the Chinese people; it’s what the Chinese businesses have done (mainly cartelized their businesses with local and foreign money, and influenced local officials with bribed money) to ruin the cottage industries in the country (manufacturing, retail, and banking), including agri/aqua-culture farmland by turning them into concrete wasteland that contributed to mass flooding and pollution, that I have an issue with.

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Sick_Amore
Guest
There’s something to be learn from China actually. China has big and I mean BIG aspiration for their country and they are working on it. You can always turn the past mistakes and damages to better if you now have a group of people and internal revolutionary ideas and technologies to equip you. Modern research and technology, high education, wide business ventures, military strength are part of their government strategies. They are evolving, they are merging and clashing with Western and European dominancy. Before you will see China products as cheap products. Now it’s quality and customer-based, they even lead… Read more »
Aeta
Guest
Sick_Amore, “As to Chinese businesses ruining the cottage industry, the problem there is business regulations. State order and business regulations that will protect the rights of local and small businessmen, the agricultural sector and our environment as well as the employees security are part of our government’s job.” Our government officials know full-well that their violation of business regulations and oppression of local and small businessmen will bring ruin to the cottage industry. However, the lure of Chinese bribe money (from Chinoys and their foreign counterparts) are far more alluring than doing what’s good for the country. This is why… Read more »
joedmango
Guest

kahit mga libro ng “History” kuno, ang daming mali. Bias yung mga information. Imagine kung sa mga bata palang mali na ang nadedeciminate na infos, wala na. tsk

Aeta
Guest
joedmango, This is what I tell myself and others all the time. The winner(s) of wars are the ones who write history books and not the loser(s), because they are in position and have the means to do so. Also, the content of those history books are often fictionalized by the authors to fit their own agendas—whatever those agendas might be. So, the difference between fiction and non-fiction books are minute, since the readers have to use their “imagination” to paint a picture in their mind of what the author(s) is trying to convey. And in the case of Failippine… Read more »
Manuel
Guest
I beg your pardon that Bashar Al-Assad and Muamar Qaddafi did great to their nation. They’re not dictators in their respective nations just search video about Qaddafi freely roaming in Tripoli without security and while he roam along the streets, people out there greet him and they’re happy. Al-Assad was being targeted by US led coalition by overthrowing him because the US and Saudis and Qataris wanted to lay a pipeline that will pass right into Turkey. Those nations are members of Axis of Evil coalition and FYI, those nations are doing what their oligarchies and elites wanted, take control… Read more »
Manuel
Guest

Watch this why Syrian President Al-Assad was targeted by the US-NATO coalition.

Link to YouTube video

Manuel
Guest

Here’s the video about Qaddafi’s illegal overthrow and assassination.

Link to YouTube video

Jorge Barba
Guest

Ilda, ML was actually living like a scene in the killing fields. Dead bodies were carted in my province day in and day out.

We ought to give credit where credit is due. Cory professionalized the military and destroy the mass based of the communist.

The reason why the military is not as abusive as it was during the ML is because of successful Cory’s drive.

Ann Blanco
Guest
Link to YouTube video You idiot! Cory released all communist leaders and members that is now the pest of he country. Marcos interview – assesment of the P.I Cory removed Sabah from Philippne map on-behalf of Benigno Aquino who collaborated with Malaysia, MNLF leader Nur Misuari and NPA founder Jose Maria Sison to join forces and promised that if he can topple Marcos he will give Sabah for free. https://www.facebook.com/Princess.Jacel.Kiram/photos/pb.432951716792463.-2207520000.1458095083./818051628282468/?type=3&theater Abno threatened to arrest Sultanate uprising in relation to Sabah reclamation. Learn the history! If you go back to Philippine history, Marcos signed the Tripoli agreement, allocated 13 provinces, cities… Read more »
ryan
Guest
Hndi na kailangan na ipanganak ako sa decada 80 pra malaman ko ang pinagkaiba ng buhay dati at ngaun dahil walang bago dto. Isipin nyo kung si “marcos” ang nagnanakaw at napatalsik sya sa pwesto, bkit ngaun simula sa tanod gang presidente magnanakaw pa rin? ang plano ay tangalin ang regimeng marcos at baguhin ang buhay sa kahirapan at anu ba ang nagawa ng sumunod na presidente? ikaw kau sabhin nyo anu nagawa ng mga sumunod na presidente sa buhay nyo? gumawa ba sla ng makabago at makabayang ospital, paaralan atbp? eh halos kumpuni na lng ang nagawa nla eh.… Read more »
Aeta
Guest

ryan,

Well said. Thank you.

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Jesusa Quinto-Cantos
Guest
Few suggestions to stimulate the economy: 1.) Job Creation specially Civil Jobs and tax appropriately. Better to be taxed high but have a job than taxed low but no job. 2.) Decrease interest rates to encourage entrepreneurs to borrow and create jobs that will boost the country’s economy. 3.) Encourage people to spend money specially local goods so the flow of money goes around. 4.) Live simply whether you are poor or rich and give to the poor. No one is too poor that he has nothing to give. 5.) Charitable donation should be matched by the government to help… Read more »