So February is just around the corner which means the date that the Yellowtards and communists anticipate in the same way normal people anticipate Christmas is fast approaching. The 25th of February is regarded by “historians” as the date when the so-called “revolution” that, we are told, deposed Ferdinand Marcos “altered the course” of Philippine history. According to a 2016 entry in the Official Gazette, the spectacle “showcased to the world the remarkable resolve of the Filipino people” and “heralded an era of peace.”
Now that another Marcos had been elected to the presidency in the biggest majority vote since that “revolution”, one wonders now how Filipinos will regard this event. It is, indeed, quite awkward considering the son of the man painted as “evil” incarnate by this EDSA narrative is now in power and the beneficiaries and propagators of this narrative have been all but disgraced politically. Indeed, in no less than three national elections, the collective Opposition led by the Yellowtards and their communist allies suffered humiliating and catastrophic defeats. In short, the rise of Bongbong Marcos alone did not doom the Yellowtard-Communist Axis. The previous two national elections long before had already delivered the writing on the wall for them.
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Even if the Second Marcos Presidency did not materialise, the EDSA “Revolution” had already been long dead in the water. The historical record since 1986 is pretty damning. At a fundamental level, the Philippines remains the same country it was before that “revolution”. 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.
Worse, the political “debate” remains framed by personalities rather than ideas. Partisan camps remain rabidly loyal to politicians regardless of the political parties they associate themselves with. Indeed, political parties are no more than quaint scams in Philippine politics as none of them represent nor remain consistent with any big principles or ideologies. As a result ideas crucial to development goals often fail to blossom from the concept stage because said ideas rise or fall not on their merit but on the personalities these happen to be associated with.
So now Bongbong Marcos is in power. On top of the fact that the EDSA narrative is obsolete, the fact of a Marcos being in power promises to make commemoration of this event nothing short of a cringe fest. Perhaps it is time Filipinos downgrade this event from its position as the Christmas of the Yellowtards and Commies. Time to evolve. Time to move on. Time to transition to a more intelligent political discourse.
benign0 is the Webmaster of GetRealPhilippines.com.