Thursday, February 24, 2011

25th Year Edsa People Power

Come February 25, the nation will observe the 25th anniversary of the so-called bloodless revolution that happened about 25 years ago in Edsa. Question: Is there really a reason to celebrate?

The Filipino people fought against the dictatorship of Pres. Ferdinand Marcos through massive protests and street rallies. The pressure compelled the military led by then AFP vice-chief of Staff Fidel V. Ramos and defense minister Juan Ponce Enrile to leave Marcos. Although some viewed the event as a result of the intervention of what else, US of A, many believed it was the people's triumph over the dictatorship.

Anyways, Cory Aquino was installed as the first lady president. Edsa heroes like Ramos became president after Aquino. Enrile serves currently as one of the senators.

Remember that in addition to tons and tons of HRVs during his time, Marcos was blamed for the grave poverty of his people. His more than two-decade administration was charged of graft and corruption as he, family and cronies allegedly amassed wealth.  There were/are efforts to get thos so-called ill-gotten wealth but unfortunately, the Filipino people have yet to see the real results of those efforts. You will know also that the Marcoses and cronies are in fact back to service. Business as usual, so to speak. The poverty issue thrown to Marcos is the same issue that is affecting majority of the 90 million Filipinos today. It is easy to know if you go to far-flung areas and the squatter areas in cities.

No doubt that all the administrations that followed after Marcos also failed to change lives. The condition of the people 25 years after Edsa, has remained a sad reality to this day.