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Bohol millennials clueless on EDSA

Bohol millennials clueless on EDSA

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Bohol millennials clueless on EDSA

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Posts on commemoration of EDSA at 31 have been bombarded by hate comments from Bohol millennials, branding the historic milestone of the Philippines as nonsense and Liberal Party people as evil.

Clueless on the EDSA revolution, some Facebook users labeled it as just an LP gathering.

Some said there has been no change 31 years after EDSA 1, most of them still aged below 30.

Many labeled the gathering at the EDSA monument as a destabilization rally against President Rodrigo Duterte.

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Some of them have no clue why it was called EDSA.

The final four days of the tension at the main road in Metro Manila called Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) was actually just the last string of mass protests in different parts of the country.

“Hakot” crowd or people paid to attend rallies was not the trend then.

Even prior to the arrest and later murder of then Senator Benigno Aquino Jr. on August 31, 1983, there had been protests against the dictatorship of then president Ferdinand Emmanuel Marcos.

Marcos held the power for almost 21 years from 1965 to 1986 where a time in 1972 Martial Law was declared.

Aquino, along with other critics of Marcos, was arrested in 1972 shortly after the declaration of Martial Law for allegedly associating himself with the rebels or communist group. He stayed in prison for seven years.

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While in prison, he was a candidate in the Philippine parliamentary election in 1978. But all the candidates under Lakas ng Bayan party which he founded while in prison lost.

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Allegations of poll manipulation by Marcos was aired.

Following a heart attack in 1980, he was allowed to go to the US for medical treatment.

While in US, he had been repeatedly advised by friends in the Philippines not to return to the Philippines as there had been reports that he would be assassinated.

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It was then that Aquino said that “The Filipinos are worth dying for”.

Indeed, when he returned in 1983, he was assassinated at upon setting foot on the tarmac of the then Manila International Airport which is now called Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

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Aquino’s death triggered further mass protests until Marcos was forced to call a snap election in 1985 where Aquino’s widow, Corazon, was pushed to run against him.

The election was marred by massive cheating and Marcos was declared re-elected.

It triggered further mass protests in the entire country where Cory was declared by the mass of people as the duly elected president and not Marcos.

Then defense minister Juan Ponce Enrile supported his chief security, then Col. Gregorio Honasan who led other colonels called RAM (Reform the Armed Forces Movement) tried to overthrow Marcos.

Fidel Ramos, as Philippine Constabulary head then, led the Marcos government troops.

Marcos intelligence network discovered RAM’s plot, forcing Enrile and the RAM to seek shield from priests and nuns.

The Church people and the mass marched towards the tanks and armed government troops led by Ramos and offered flowers and food.

Ramos, moved by the gesture, decided to order his men to lay down their arms and join the mass.

Marcos and his family was forced to move out of Malacañang.

Cory became the first woman president of the Philippines and Asia.

The 1987 Constitution was later drafted where it is specified that a president can only be president for one full six-year term and would be disqualified for re-election if he or she had served at least four years of the term.

However, Bohol millennials who never experienced this milestone in Philippine history took the spirit of EDSA lightly and even posted comments that demonize the Aquino and LP people, thinking it was only LP that had been involved all the while.

Many even said that Philippines was better during the Marcos regime than in the years after EDSA 1.

 

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