Saturday, February 24, 2018

32 years after EDSA I, where are we now? Netizen shares a tell-all look-back story

In the wake of EDSA I's 32nd anniversary, its relevance is being celebrated through the stories — both the known and the untold — that shaped it's occurrence.
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On a Facebook post, RG San Luis, a netizen who is one of the staunch supporters of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte, shared his thoughts as to where the people power that became a world phenomenon had brought us — the Philippines and the Filipinos — decades after it took the world by storm.

Check out his full post below:
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The idealistic view of EDSA. Ed Garcia includes the First Quarter Storm in his narrative. What was really the situation then? Were the activists totally revulsed by Marcos or were they duped by the promised utopia of Communism?

The threat to Marcos didn't materialize until 1967 when Ninoy Aquino was elected Senator. In 1968, the Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas made a comeback under the Communist Party of the Philippines. It changed from its Leninist orientation to Maoist.
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Was there a serious threat of a Communist takoever which led Marcos to declare martial law? Most likely in Manila then when rallies were a daily occurrence and UP students set up the Diliman Republic.
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Then the Muslim secessionist movement began again egged on by Ninoy Aquino's exposé of Oplan Jabidah. Marcos thought that Sabah could be returned to the Philippines if taken by armed force given the confusion accompanying the formation of the Malay federation in 1963.

In both instances the common denominator had been Ninoy Aquino. His assassination in 1983 woidl again trigger a wave of uprising which culminated at EDSA in 1986.

Up to today, Aquino's assassination remains an unsolved crime. No one has come out with the truth behind it. I tend to believe it was an assasinate me plot aimed at acting as the catalyst which would finally drive Marcos from power.
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The continuous protests from 1983-1986 didn't do much to weaken Marcos' hold on the country. The AFP was firmly under his control until such time Juan Ponce Enrile's coup plot was found out and he decided to fight it out instead of being arrested by elements of the Presidential Security Command.

But this is all history in the same manner that 1986-2016 is history. History is written by the victors as the cliché goes. The vilification of Marcos hasn't stopped while the glorification of Ninoy and Cory continues.

The defeat of Mar Roxas and the other candidates who would've been palatable to the Yellows in 2016 is indicative of the people's backs breaking under the Aquino book-ended thirty year rule of freedom and democracy.
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What is missed by the protagonists is how Filipinos have always lacked a national identity. Political concepts and theories are all Western. Our moral compass is governed by the Church which allows the commission of sins 700 times 700 times, a quantification which our politicians have taken to the extreme. There is no capital punishment for the corrupt.

In the regional horse race of economic progress the Philippines has always been running behind despite having a headstart at the gate. We are Asian and so are our neighbors and yet, why do we insist on adopting Western concepts and not formulate our own? We have the oligarchs to thank for this as they have been our colonizers since 1946.

If you call yourself a Filipino and fail to see through all of this then you are not Filipino at all. I recall reading somewhere about the observation of a long-time American resident in the country who said that the problem with Filioinos is the rich want to become Spaniards while the poor want to become Americans. In short, anything but a Filipino.

The only thing constant in the world is taxes, death and change. National Artist for Literature F. Sionil Jose related how on February 25, 1986, he was having lunch with Onofre Corpuz and former national librarian Serafin Quiason in Angono while doing a critique of the Marcos regime.

Sionil Jose was glad that Marcos was gone but he was also apprehensive of the chaos and anarchy it would bring. He didn't elaborate anymore but perhaps he was referring to the Filipino penchant for breaking the rules in his own country because it's not what you which counts but whom you know.

This is where we're at thirty-two years after EDSA. This is where the chaos and anarchy of democrazy has brought us. Nothing has changed.

Source: RG San Luis

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