EDSA I Revolution: recall what happened

Scenes of the EDSA I Revolution, 22-25 February 1986.

Scenes of the EDSA I Revolution, 22-25 February 1986.

Today is the 27th anniversary after more than 20 year rule of Ferdinand Marcos ended in a bloodless 4-day massive demonstration at the Epifanio de los Santos Avenue in Quezon City, Metro Manila. The demonstration which turned into a revolution to end the 20-year rule of Ferdinand Marcos was a protest against the alleged electoral fraud committed by Ferdinand Marcos and his party, the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan during the snap election on 7 February 1986 where the Commission on Elections or COMELEC and the Batasang Pambansa acting as National Board of Canvassers declared the former as the winner for a new 6-year term over Corazon Aquino, widow of late Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr. and political nemesis of Ferdinand Marcos while the National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections or NAMFREL declared the latter as the winner of the snap elections. Ferdinand Marcos declared a snap election on 3 December 1985 before the American television in respond to declining economy, increasing civil discontent, and losing American support of his regime and few days later, the reluctant widow of late Benigno Aquino Jr., Corazon Aquino accepted the clamor to run the presidency for the upcoming snap election.

Ferdinand Marcos’ demise was inevitable way before the EDSA Revolution as the assassination of his nemesis, Benigno Aquino Jr. created a severe economic instability, civil discontent, and losing American support of his regime. Factionalism within his administration was also intense as the last years of his regime, his health was declining as his incapacity was exploited by several factions of his administration to create instability of our country while the other factions were agitating to overthrow Marcos regime by military force. Shortly after the snap election, the Reform the Armed Forces Movement led by Gregorio Honasan backed by Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile and Constabulary Chief Fidel Ramos was trying to overthrow the falling Marcos regime by a military coup and install a military junta if succeeds, but the military loyalists led by Fabian Ver caught the plot of the RAM to overthrow the regime and the RAM led by their backers, Enrile and Ramos was calling a help from Manila Archbishop, Jaime Cardinal Sin to mobilize people at EDSA for a massive peaceful demonstration to bring the Marcos regime into its knees. The rest is history.