Where EDSA succeeds, the nation fails

For the politicians and church leaders who conspired in the EDSA uprising, the event was the crowning glory of the consummation of the political ambitions of those who crave for power, fame, and glory. The event also validated the prostitution of religious beliefs that were translated, albeit in a form of adventurous fanaticism.

The EDSA civil-military mutiny took place in the Philippines on February 22-25, 1986. The massive demonstration was in protest of the election of Pres. Ferdinand Marcos during the “snap election” on January 1986. The defeat of Cory Aquino, widow of slain former Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr. at the “snap election” triggered the protest spearheaded by the political opposition backed by Roman Catholic Church.

The protesters gathered in mass in the Efipanio De Los Santos Avenue (EDSA) in Metro Manila. The protesters then stormed Malacanang, the seat of the Philippines government, which ultimately ousted the Marcoses after 20 years in power.

The EDSA uprising, described by its proponents and propagandists as a “revolt of the Filipinos,” actually did not represent the sentiments of the Filipinos as a nation as the people. In all honesty, EDSA was an experiment of the political opposition, which succeeded when the church leaders agitated the parishioners in Metro Manila like the sacrificial pawns. However, the people outside Metro Manila never-care-less. After all, the drama and the characters of the power play would have to be carried in Metro Manila.

The EDSA was supposed to have uprooted the veins of corruption that the military rule has cultivated under the barrel of the gun.

After three decades, corruption in the country became worse than ever. After 30 years, the politicians who grabbed power in the guise of people’s power continue to use and exploit the military regime as a means to pursue vested interests.

What have the Aquino regimes brought to this country, but perdition? Obviously, the political leadership that followed after EDSA has always flaunted about fighting corruption and transparency in the government.

However, it is unfortunate that after 30 years, the fight against corruption has remained a utopian tool designed to blind the Filipinos into deceitful submission by an incompetent and self-aggrandizing administration. Sadly, for the old and the new generations, EDSA has metamorphosed into one of the “hoaxes” of our times? It has been used to desecrate the virtue of the democratic ideals of the nation and the people. Yes, after EDSA, the Filipino in the street  has remained worse than ever. -0-


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