People Power

Marcos-Never-Again

ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas What ever happened to “Never again to martial law”? A phrase opt-repeated in many rallies long after the Filipino people ousted the dictatorship of the late Ferdinand Marcos in what is now known as “People Power,” it seems “never again” has lost its luster in the face of the emergence of another strongman that doesn’t hesitate to say Read More …

Balimbing

PerryScope By Perry Diaz In the aftermath of the “People Power” that deposed President Ferdinand Marcos in 1986, the word “balimbing” became popular. The “balimbing,” or star fruit, became the mark of a turncoat. The star fruit’s cross-section is shaped like a five-sided star; thus, a person who changes political loyalty is called “balimbing.” Overnight, after Marcos relinquished the presidency, thousands of his supporters abandoned Read More …

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GLIMPSES By Jose Ma. Montelibano I had always believed that people power meant less about the people in power than the power of the people. 28 years ago is a long time, but not long enough to get confused about the essence of EDSA I to me. I have not forgotten how we stood before the gates of Channel 7 while Marcos troops were manning Read More …

EDSA Shrine

ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas The Supreme Court has an uncanny way of commemorating the 28th anniversary of the People’s Power Revolution. On a day when the whole nation was celebrating the restoration of freedom in the country with the downfall of strongman Ferdinand Marcos following four days of massive protests on EDSA in February 1986, twelve justices of the Supreme Court opted Read More …

EDSA People Power Revolution

FIRST PERSON By Alex Magno The Philippine Star  How can one forget those heady, sleepless four days 28 years ago? The dictatorship was dissembling quickly. The people sensed that. No one really knew where the rapid sequence of events would take us, but we knew we had to be in the streets. That portion of the avenue running between two important camps was the dictatorship’s Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz On September 21, 1972, then President Ferdinand E. Marcos declared a craftily designed – nay, conjured — martial law; thus began an authoritarian regime that lasted 14 years until it ended in an attempted coup d’etat that morphed into a successful “people power” revolution. Another coup d’etat that was promoted as a “people power” revolution ousted then President Joseph “Erap” Estrada Read More …

EDSA People Power

GLIMPSES By Jose Ma Montelibano “Things are the way they should be.” The present moment is not separate from its context. We are where we are because this is the continuing result of our life’s journey. This is not we wanted, I am sure, but this is what we managed to achieve, of that I am just as sure. Our national life is a collective Read More …

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GLIMPSES By Jose Ma. Montelibano These are exciting and wild times, the kind I had been anticipating. For years, I had written about great shifts that will challenge our nation, frustrations that would bring about catharsis, aspirations that would find fresh expressions among our younger generations. I wrote consistently about these times of great change because the signs were clear to me. What kept me Read More …

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GLIMPSES By Jose Ma. Montelibano The big mistake is to be awed by the numbers of the million people march. It did not hit one million, maybe not even one half. It is a bigger mistake to not to be awed by the event last Monday because it deserves all the credit it claims. Having several hundreds of thousands in the Luneta when there was Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz LAST August 23, 2013, three days before the “Million People March” anti-pork barrel rally at the Rizal Park (Luneta), President Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino III, in a seemingly pre-emptive move, announced that its time to abolish the PDAF, the acronym for Priority Development Assistance Fund, or more commonly known as “pork barrel.” The rally, which was initiated by netizens, demanded for the Read More …