EDSA Revolution at 26
It is about my insight on the 26th year of the EDSA Revolution.
EDSA Revolution at 26
It’s the celebration on the EDSA People Power Revolution today. It has been 26 years since the Philippines was liberated from the dictatorship as they say. I really have no idea what was the life then since I was only a year and 6 months when this happened. I have only learned about this when I was in school already.
My father said that the People Power Revolution was a sick game, he didn’t believe in it because he belong to the military troop in which he was an active alliance of the Marco’s regime. After the successful revolution my father was demoted from his previous rank for joining the Coup d’etat.
When I was in school, I have learned that the People Power Revolution was one of the greatest historical mark of our time. It was said that it was a joint move of people to abolish the dictatorial regime. It was said that it was a move for democracy.
Having heard two different stories of the People Power, I too became confused and as I was growing I have learned to realize the pros and cons of the People Power Revolution and the dictatorship as well.
The People Power Revolution or the EDSA Revolution opened the eyes of the people to the reality that they too have the voice. It made the people realize the true meaning of democracy and sovereignty. It was a way for people to now their rights and to fight for what is rightfully for them and it is their freedom. Freedom of choice and the freedom of speech.
On the other hand the Marcos dictatorship used military power to control the people. Although it was said that former President Ferdinand Marcos violated people’s rights during this time, one of which is the freedom of expression. People weren’t allowed to speak negative about him and his cronies.
One thing that made the Marco’s regime a success was the fact that it promoted self discipline. A curfew was implemented, which is good because there were lesser crimes during the night.
Although I don’t have an idea on the real story of the Marcos’s and the real story of the EDSA Revolution I know that these historical events are for us to recall, cherish and for us to learn the true meaning of it in our life.