Today marks the 33rd anniversary of one of the most important events in the history of the Philippines – the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution.
KAMI decided to look back and reminisce the time when thousands of Filipinos came in throngs to oppose the dictatorial regime of former President Ferdinand Marcos.
Ferdinand Marcos governed the Philippines for 21 years, making him the longest-serving President in the country’s history.
Although there were claims that this influential person had done so many projects during his time, his government was still known for oppressing a lot of Filipinos.
Marcos established an authoritarian government and he even declared the historic and bloody Martial Law in the entire country on September 21, 1972.
This paved the way for many people to call him as a tyrant and a violator of human rights since different kinds of abuses were recorded under his term.
There were also cases of corruption and suppression of democratic processes within his 21 years of serving the country.
THE “BLOODLESS” REVOLUTION
The citizens of the Philippines undoubtedly got enough of the negative things that they were suffering in the hands of Ferdinand Marcos’ troops.
People desired to regain the country’s democracy and they wanted Corazon Cojuangco-Aquino to replace the “dictator” and be at the helm of reorganizing the “Pearl of the Orient Sea.”
With the Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile and the Armed Forces Vice-Chief of Staff Fidel V. Ramos both lifting their support to Marcos, the bravery of the Filipinos was even boosted.
The Catholic Church represented by Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin called on the people of the Philippines who believed in democracy to speak up and march against the dictatorial regime.
The notable event was even highlighted by the nuns who knelt in front of war tanks while holding their rosaries and stating their prayers.
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On the last day of the historic People Power Revolution, the people triumphed as they were able to let Corazon Aquino take the oath of office as the new President of the Republic of the Philippines.
The ceremony happened in the morning of February 25, 1986, with then-Supreme Court Associate Justice Claudio Teehankee administering the oath.
Aside from the revolution, the Philippines made another history that day for putting into office the first female President.
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