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One real legacy of Edsa


For lack of space, an article prepared by Inquirer Research on the so-called myths of Edsa 1986, as seen by political scientists, did not see print last week.

Posted: March 4th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Doronila’s blind spot

Power of the people really was what we had in Edsa 1986. But it is true a few of us were privileged to stand with the Aquinos, Salongas and Dioknos at Edsa from Sept. 23, 1972 and stayed there until Feb. 25, 1986.

Posted: March 3rd, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Prelude to Edsa 1


In 1974 martial law was at its height, and the opposition was reduced to a few brave souls led by, among others, the former senator Lorenzo Tañada. To use a quotation from Oscar Wilde, it was a season of sorrow.

Posted: February 24th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Transition from old to new oligarchy


Twenty-seven years after the Edsa People Power Revolution toppled the Ferdinand Marcos dictatorship, the government of the restored Philippine democracy is in the hands of the son of the late President Cory Aquino, whose family is descended from the country’s wealthiest political dynasty.

Posted: February 25th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

People Power ‘hijack’?


Filipinos mark today the 26th anniversary of toppling a dictator without bloodshed. That flower-in-the-gun-barrel model is refracted in Gandhi’s march to protest the Salt Tax in 1930, Czechoslovakia’s “Velvet Revolution” of 1988 and Tunisia’s “Jasmine Revolt” last year.

Posted: February 24th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Institutional wasteland


Many Filipinos saw images of Libyans stomping on Moammar Gadhafi’s photo in Tripoli and at its embassy in Makati. That led some to retrieve People Power I clips  that record Edsa crowds ripping from a Malacañang wall the Filipino dictator’s portrait. Then, there was Renato Chavez. Renato who? A daily-wage mason, Chavez was among  the [...]

Posted: August 26th, 2011 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Edsa de-mythicized, repudiated

THIS IS a point-by-point reply to Amando Doronila’s column titled “Marcos burial resolution tears to shreds Edsa mandate.” (Inquirer, 4/11/11) 1. There was no Edsa mandate. A key player of the Edsa revolt objectively computed the number of the Edsa participants to be more or less 600,000 only. Many went to Edsa for food and [...]

Posted: May 2nd, 2011 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Camp Crame faces ‘backhoe’ threat


UNLESS A decisive national govrnment intervenes, Crame Crame, headquarters of the 135,000-strong Philippine National Police, faces possible demolition by backhoe—that demonic machine that buried under mounds of earth more than 50 innocent, unarmed civilians slaughtered in Maguindanao by gunmen of the Ampatuan clan’s private army. Last April 25, the National Historical Commission unveiled a marker [...]

Posted: April 26th, 2011 in Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Unfinished business

Editorial Cartoon

THE FIRST EDSA has often been called the “Unfinished Revolution” because while it achieved its immediate objectives, which were to oust the dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos and restore democracy, it has not achieved its long-term aims, which were principally to bring about good governance and stamp out corruption.

Posted: March 1st, 2011 in Editorial | Read More »

The power and the glory


FIDEL RAMOS had some very interesting comments last week. Reflecting on the EDSA uprising and the various uprisings that were taking place in Libya, Bahrain, Algeria and Yemen, he said: “Why is their people power bloody? Why is it protracted? What did we have in 1986 that they don’t have?

Posted: February 28th, 2011 in Columns | Read More »



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