Filipinos have started to take back the EDSA narrative from the Aquinos and Cojuangcos

This year, the traditional self-appointed “owners” of the 1986 EDSA “people power revolution” — often referred to as the Yellowtards — again stood aghast as yet another anniversary celebration fizzled. The really surprising thing about this is that these folk were surprised to begin with, because, in truth, this erstwhile commemorated event has been following a trajectory of decline for some years now.

Some thought leaders at least acknowledge that this “revolution” that some still insist was the seminal event in which Filipinos “won back” their democracy needs a new narrative. Indeed, for the longest time, the key outcome of the EDSA “revolution” has always been made out to be a rebirth of freedom in the Philippines. But, echoing a tweet issued by Get Real Post author Paul Farol, a really important question has now come to light…

Have Filipinos used the freedom supposedly won in 1986 wisely?

For that matter, did Filipinos come to understand what that freedom entailed? Take Apo Hiking Society singer Jim Paredes, for example. In a video that has since gone viral, Paredes is seen severely berating an activist expressing support for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. It seems Paredes regarded the hallowed grounds of the EDSA memorial as off-limits to anyone not associated with his Yellow Camp. The prevailing mindset surrounding EDSA after all has long been around the notion that husband-and-wife “national heroes” Ninoy and Cory Aquino are the sole central figures around which the current EDSA narrative spins.

The Aquinos and the Yellow Camp political clique that surrounds them have, since 1986, been regarded as the owners of this revolution and its artefacts. Suffice to say, for 30 years, the Aquino-Cojuangco clan did not shrink from what started out as an organic distinction bestowed on them by Filipinos in the early days. They nurtured the notion and proceeded to secure their lofty place in the EDSA narrative to the point where their family names became virtually synonymous with it. Rather than uphold the EDSA “revolution” as a Filipino revolution, the Yellow Camp marketed it as Ninoy’s and Cory’s Revolution for three decades. They achieved this by employing the vast resources and network of businesses at the disposal of the Aquino and Cojuangco clans to mount an awesome messaging campaign spanning those decades to create the deeply-rooted mythology and cast of political deities that now surrounds EDSA.

It seems the Philippines is now in the midst of a collective effort to dismantle this traditional mythology of yellow ribbons and “L” hand gestures and take back EDSA to its rightful owners — the Filipino people. Long overdue of course, but, as the cliché goes, better late than never.


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EDSA was Fake news. It became a Fake History. The Heroes and Saints of EDSA were Ninoy Aquino, Cory Aquino, the Aquino Cojuangco political axis, etc…as marketed by their co-conspirator Media: ABS-CBN, Inquirer, etc… The EDSA coup d’ etat was planned by U.S. / C.I.A. operatives in the Philippines; with the assistance of their paid hacks in the Philippines. The U.S. State Dept. under the direction of former Sec. of State, George Shultz, oversaw and directed the operation. The gullible Filipinos swallowed the EDSA bait: hook, line and sinker. Until now, the YellowTards, the Aquino Cojuangco political axis, celebrate this… Read more »
salagintong bukid

year after year, that edsa1 shrine will be forgotten with a narrative of, the victory of the aquinos against the farmers…which failed. let it stand there forever so the unborn will remember a memory how their ancestry was brainwashed with the help of cardinal Sin. 1957 where it all started the greed and betrayal of the aquinos to the pilipinos for hacienda luisita.

Robert Haighton

The question is NOT:
“Have Filipinos used the freedom supposedly won in 1986 wisely?”

The question is and should be:
Are all Filipinos free and do all Filipinos live in complete freedom?
Maybe we differ about the definition of both words (free & freedom) but there is only one answer. And the answer is no. And that makes Mr. Farol’s question obsolete/useless.

Aphetsky Lasa
Bob. You seemed to be lost in translation. The article is about the freedom that Filipinos supposedly achieved during the EDSA 1 revolution, whether that freedom was used wisely, as asked by Mr. Farol and further expounded on by benign0 . It isn’t about whether the Filipinos are free and live in complete freedom. Who among the people of the earth are free and living in complete freedom? Am I? Are you? The retaking of the EDSA narrative is one way to translate that freedom into something that all Filipinos can relate to instead of allowing the Aquinos and the… Read more »

What EDSA Revolution? No such thing. What happened was an EDSA Restoration that was basically the return of the predominance of the pre-Martial Law oligarchic structure. ‘Revolution” has a more catchy tone to it than ‘Military Rebellion’ which was how EDSA 1986 actually started out.


I think it is unfair to judge the Filipinos. There was no alternative media at the time so it was easier for the Oligarchs to push their false narrative and brainwash the Filipino people. At worse the Filipinos are victims to the machinations of the elite.


My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular. Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.