My Thoughts on Edsa People Power

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Philippines
February 22, 2011 8:22pm CST
Hello Lotters, I never really forget the Day in our history that People gathered to Protest and OUST the Dictator Ferdinand Marcos because he couldn't make his military force the people out or even moved a distance because of the Mutiny is being blocked by ordinary people. from there things went sour and a sign of the end of MARCOS Dictatorship.and that's because it was the same as my Mother's Birthday To be honest, I didn't agree with Senators BONG BONG Marco's remarks about Philippines now becoming Singapore if People Power didn't Happen. unfortunately, he was too young to understand the violence under the Marcos regime. Let me just rephrase what he said with some thing else: "If Late Ferdinand Marcos didn't go POWER HUNGRY and use NPA as an excuse to DECLARE MARTIAL LAW", maybe Philippines would have been a REAL develop country similar to either hongkong or singapore. So, Even though PEOPLE POWER was a risky Move, It was the right thing from the start because everything was in CONTROL by the Late Dictator.but i believed corruption can never get rid of unless people gets smarter in choosing candidates. I believe People Power was God's Divine action to dictators and the rest of the World followed...now even in the Middle East. Your thoughts are appreciated. Have a Great day.
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@jaiho2009 (39142)
• Philippines
23 Feb 11
hello LK, Well,i only have one question... Was life after the PP1 become better? The answer is NO...and is getting WORST EVEN. So...i can say that,PP1 never helps in anyway. Sorry for those who are against the Marcos regime,but i am one of those who were born in his era,where i can say that,life in his regimen is much much better than now. I am not here to debate for this is not a debate forum...i won't drop names,so respect my opinion countrymen...as i respect yours. Have a great day always dear bro
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@visavis (5934)
• Philippines
23 Feb 11
Hi freind cool I respect your opinion and your firm stand about, because as you said you born during that era and experienced what are the difference now. Anyway, I born also during that era but not really yet understand about economic crisis or corruption, might be because I grown up in the province, so I think I'm glad to hear about such experience and observation.. see you around
@staria (2780)
• Philippines
24 Feb 11
Hi jaiho, we have the same opinion on this matter, life was never better even when Marcos was ousted from his position. The only good thing that PP1 brought for the country is keeping our democracy IMO.
• Philippines
24 Feb 11
Hello Sis Jaiho, ONLY if he Didn't declare Martial Law and grab power by staging it and using NPA as an excuse to stay in power, which shouldn't have happened but it did. I envy those who live a better life during those times except during the time of Martial Law and Marcos going nuts. There won't be People Power if there was no Martial Law. well, that's my opinion anyways
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@LordOzz (204)
• Philippines
23 Feb 11
When People Power One initiated that time I was not yet born. But in my opinion PP1 is a very historical moment in the world. We filipinos are the one who first initiated PeoplePower and after that so as other country, because they learn from us that Massive Power of one is no match for the power of masses. But not all people power was subjected to success or betterness of the country. Filipino was abused of poverty and somewhat unknown reasons, they OUST Erap and give Macapagal the throne. Well it's a big mistake, in the end they regret it, it wasn't like the PP1, my father told me that when PP1 turns into success almost every family have a very very special meal to celebrate, but in PP2, We don't feel the joy. Almost felt like the filipino people was used and forced. Now people know how powerful people power is, and how dangerous it is. And should taken it with caution.
@eileenleyva (27562)
• Philippines
23 Feb 11
Lord, I am glad you are aware of our history. But as far as I am concerned, there was only one EDSA Revolution, and it transpired to topple a dictator so ruthless he killed his own people. Many putsches followed and eventually the people got carried away by press propaganda about who President Corazon Aquino's rightful successor must be. We made mistakes and installed the wrong personages, but hey, we are getting somewhere now, don't you think? An honest, incorruptible president, the son of a martyr and a beloved Cory, leads us...
• Philippines
23 Feb 11
Hello LordOZZ! How are you BUDDY?! He's also from Letran so there's no way he could forget our history most specially People Power. I agree with you that EDSA II was some what politically motivated or conspired because Arroyo goons also wanted power and after that things were beginning to collide down i think we shouldn't go for people power no more instead we have to wisely choose our candidates on all political or public servant positions.
@staria (2780)
• Philippines
23 Feb 11
You are right, people tend to use people power to show that they can remove anyone from their position anytime. Sometimes they don't even give them the chance to move. It is like the president will announce a certain rule/platform then they are already in the streets reacting violently!
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@jazel_juan (15747)
• Philippines
23 Feb 11
i was too young when people power happen, and even now its impact and facts even are all a blur to me.. all people say are the harshness of Marcos and how he treated some people and stuff and how Imelda got so power hungry and money hungry as well. It was all negativity.Until a teacher of mine pointed out what was positive about it, He said that before, Marcos' agenda were actually all good for the country..at start he said. But then i guess greediness did empowered them and that why all of that happened. We will never be like Singapore unless corruption will be eliminated.
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@jazel_juan (15747)
• Philippines
23 Feb 11
yes i do admit to that. i really do not know much about its history, all i know was that he was such a tyrant and dictator that the country suffered much during his regime.
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@eileenleyva (27562)
• Philippines
23 Feb 11
jazel, I am sorry to tell you that you have a lot of relearning to do. Marcos suspended the writ of habeas corpus in September 1971 because he cannot have another term at the presidency anymore. So, he and Juan Ponce Enrile concocted an act that the latter was ambushed, giving enough reason for the president to put the whole country under Martial Law. So, our human rights were curtailed. Political figures and activists who opposed Marcos were jailed, tortured and killed. Martial Law was never good. It was so bad we are still suffering its repercussions the present moment...
• Philippines
23 Feb 11
Hello Jazel, Corruption is always there, This Martial LAW made it worse and cause our economy to down fall because of Marcos and his cronies. there was a saying also that "THE ROAD TO HELL IS PAVED WITH GOOD INTENTIONS" and i can tell you that Martial was in no way good intention because it's just an excuse for Marcos to extent his term, which was not good at all.
@eileenleyva (27562)
• Philippines
23 Feb 11
I share your sentiment. Senator Marcos, being the son of the tyrant, must find it prudent not to inject suppositions about what might have been. The seeds of avarice, corruption and violating habeas corpus were all planted by his father. 25 years and we still couldn't clean it up. The roots were so deep to pull...
• Philippines
23 Feb 11
Hello Eileen, Well, i know you would drop by for sure here. I think the problems are just there but at least human rights are no longer that much violated because we are democracy once again for almost 25 years. i think the roots can be pulled if the filipino people mostly chose not to be bribe with money and fear because we are power compare to number of a few politicians out there.
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@visavis (5934)
• Philippines
23 Feb 11
I agree with eileen the root of corruption are so deep the proof are around us even in AFP, COA and other branches of government. The sad thing was do you remember that allegation has been bombarded to Malacanang Palace a few months ago about jueting payola. But I hope some day we find a good and able to abolish such corruption... that only the problem I seen in our country.. see you around
@visavis (5934)
• Philippines
23 Feb 11
Me also remembered the day which I residing nearest to Malacanang in Sta. Mesa, from there we walked and entered the first in the palace. You know what I got there 12 pcs of Tshirt with KBL logo and 2 pcs of small pillow - that's the remembrance of Marcoses to me. It was really amazing action of Filipino people united into one aimed. But you know, I'm so admired to Ferdinand Marcos ability and talents that's all... see you around
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• Philippines
24 Feb 11
Hello Visavis, Maybe that's the main reason why they didn't want Gordon to win because it would have seriously reminded them of how Good Marcos was or probably just out of paranoia. well, talents are everything but if you lead only for six years, they gotta let it go, but they didn't.
• Philippines
23 Feb 11
When I was very young, I was also in awe with KBL slogans, t-shirts and other cool giveaways. I thought they were the coolest people because whenever they come, people come and clap their hands and sing praises like they were some sort of heroes. Only later did I found out the truth. There was no "Bagong Lipunan". These people are thieves and the cool giveaways they throw around are just baryas compared to the taxmoney they plundered. There is a time to be blissfully happy because of ignorance, and then there was a time when it felt better to know the truth, because it sets you free.
@staria (2780)
• Philippines
23 Feb 11
I have to agree that if only Marcos didnt declare Martial Law maybe or we could have been a better nation now. But sorry to oppose, I don't think too that Edsa really do us good. Apart from keeping our democracy, positive changes arent really evident after Edsa. Our country's still stuck to poverty, nothing's really changed for the better. Sorry to be writing this comment, I give my respect to all those Edsa participants but I am just speaking my POV over this matter. Thanks!
@rsa101 (37969)
• Philippines
23 Feb 11
I agree to Letran, if PP did not happen back then I do not see this country progressive like what Sen. Marcos said that we are like Singapore by now. I could not agree to it since back then, our economy was so down and insurgency was at the highest during those times. I was living in Bicol back then and the NPA had a very strong influence over the whole province. After PP their influence was somehow diminished and is not that visible anymore. I also saw progress in my province after the PP1 happened. Many good things did happen after EDSA that is not really shown but overall it brought us back appreciate what freedom can bring to our nation.
• Philippines
23 Feb 11
that's why i said People Power was a very Risky MOVE
@staria (2780)
• Philippines
23 Feb 11
Hi guys, that's why I said if only Marcos didnt declare martial law, I dont want to offend anyone with my comment, just stating my opinion. Peace guys! :) I believe too that everyone has to act to make our nation a better nation. And that change does not stop during the Edsa revolution.
@rsa101 (37969)
• Philippines
23 Feb 11
I have to agree with you. There was so much corruption before that the whole system was in it already and Marcos is tolerating them already to remain loyal to him. I think People Power was the only solution since they controlled almost everything including the Comelec back then. I could not agree with Sen Marcos because we have been under a lot of stress under their regime and people are not happy at what was happening when this things happened. But I do understand his stance from where is right now. I think that being a Marcos himself would not want this part of the Philippine History from being remembered at all.
• Philippines
23 Feb 11
Hello Rsa101, I agree and if there was no People power then people would have still been oppressed till this day and we could have even more troubles in terms of our society and economy. I think i still stand on my belief that if Martial Law didn't happen and if his dad just step down after six years, then we could have had a better future than we have now. well, it's not too late.
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• Philippines
24 Feb 11
I admit I wasn't even conceived when this historical event happened but I thank God everyday that it happened. Because of that event, I am now living in a free society that is not perfect but the perhaps best society in the world (in my opinion). Yes, the aftermath of Martial Law resulted in a not-perfect society but at least the people can live in peace again. That's the only thing that matters. Other concerns can be worked out if we just cooperate together alike to the spirit that the people demonstrated in EDSA. The world watched us do the almost impossible against an authoritative power and emulate us because they thought it is the best method - bloodless and full of participation from every sector of society. I hope that we can push forward and forward for the benefit of all.
• Philippines
24 Feb 11
Hello Jeanney, I was actually two years old when this happened and yet I was not really aware of what was happening, until i reached highschool. well, it was one of the best experience that inspired millions to protest for freedom and removal of a candidate just like the ones happening now in the middle east.