COMMENTARY

Edsa ’86: A military perspective

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(First of two parts)

(Editor’s Note: The author was an army major during the 1986 Edsa People Power Revolution. A bemedalled officer, he retired in 2005 as a colonel.)

In the afternoon of Feb. 22, 1986, Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile and Lt. Gen. Fidel Ramos, under threat of imminent arrest, sought refuge in their military headquarters. In the morning of Feb. 25 both were sworn into the government of Corazon Aquino. That same evening Ferdinand Marcos flew into exile.

In just about 80 hours, a military organization strong enough to prop Marcos up during 14 years of martial law simply abandoned him.

What happened?

Of utmost psychological significance, the top rebel, Fidel Ramos, was a bred-in-the-bone military leader. It was he who transferred to Camp Crame on Sunday, Feb. 23, to use its field communications system to order, plead, harangue and cajole front-line commanders to join him.

Against Marcos, a civilian who emitted the stench of corruption, sickness, weakness, repugnant favoritism and loss of legitimacy from having been in fact beaten in the snap presidential election by Cory Aquino, the military stood by one of its own in Ramos.

Gen. Fabian Ver, the chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, was the Himmler of Marcos. He was feared as one who would purge the officer corps mercilessly. He was also both envied and despised for his wide-ranging corruption.

Ramos, by contrast, was the true military leader, bred in the Philippine Military Academy, heroic in field combat, perceived as prudent, dignified and fair. Thus, to fire those mortars and to march those Marines against Ramos meant not only killing people, but also killing their true leader.

Brig. Gen. Artemio Tadiar and his Marines just could not do it. Col. Braulio Balbas and his mortars could not do it. Col. Antonio Sotelo and his helicopter gunships saw Ramos and could not kill him. Such is the human being, capable of cold-blooded murder one moment, and mawkish the next.

Marcos had always based his power on military might. There is no other alternative for anyone who desires power on a national scale because the military has a monopoly of the greatest single concentration of brute force in any society. Marcos the sophisticate, who plundered his people even as he tried to mesmerize them with his tales of a New Society, carefully developed an obedient military machine.

Marcos began by insinuating himself into the professional mind-set of the officer corps who, since their academy training, had been indoctrinated into a reflex loyalty to “duly constituted authority.” Marcos, as the elected President in 1965 and 1969, was that authority. The “New Society” constituted the “talking point,” the psychological measure to ennoble his moves.

Fragile element

Moreover, by abolishing the representative structures under martial law, Marcos turned the military into his power base. The military became involved in nonmilitary functions.

But loyalty is a fragile element, and Marcos tried other ways of ensuring loyalty: power sharing (allowing provincial commanders to rule their areas); financial franchises (allowing smuggling and carnapping and other ways of becoming wealthy); and prolonged tenure.

Alas, Marcos was in a losing game. He simply did not have enough power to share, unless he gave up his own and provoked the anarchy of warlordism. He did not have enough financial franchises to bestow, unless he destroyed his own financial empire and all civilized government by encouraging nationally rampant gangsterism. The prolonging of tenure of favored military officers in time created envy and anger.

But while the military budget markedly increased, the basic salaries of Armed Forces of the Philippines personnel did not rise to any significant degree.

Marcos had come sharply against a constant in human nature: You cannot please everybody all the time. The historical solution to the dangers posed by scarce economic resources and restlessness is for autocrats to create a smaller group with greater ferocity to awe and to terrorize both the body politic and the military itself. Adolf Hitler had his SS, and Joseph Stalin his KGB. Marcos had his Ver-PSC-MISG (Presidential Security Command-Military Intelligence and Security Group), but before this could develop into a heavily armed and well-staffed killing machine, Edsa happened.

Only the military could have dispersed the crowd. But the Marines stopped at Edsa and Ortigas. Only the military could have pulverized Enrile and Ramos. But the commander of the armor refused repeated orders to fire on targets. His reason was that “too many innocent people would be killed.” An interesting answer worthy of a treatise in itself.

Ruptures in public order

The crowds on Edsa were mobilized by other factors. One factor was the shattered economy. Unemployment and inflation had impoverished millions. Despair and seething rage had become corrosive in the body politic.

Poverty is painful enough, and it becomes even worse when combined with the perception that it has been caused by the thievery of others. To the people, the ‘others’ were Marcos, his kin and his associates.

The growth of the communist insurgency and the secessionism movements in the Cordilleras and Mindanao were therefore traced to Marcos. The “best recruiter” for the New People’s Army was Marcos.

These insurgencies raised serious worries in Washington. Marcos had become unreliable. US military facilities and investments were imperiled by his misdeeds and his failures, which included his appropriation of the sustenance America had tried to infuse into both the economy and the military. The restiveness of the body politic also troubled America with the added worry that it could be alienated from any succeeding government.

The herd instinct toward either flight or anger needed a focus. Cory Aquino, by the alchemy of circumstances, became that focus. At last, the opposing masses had grown a head. The fractious political parties were organized into a functioning coalition.

To Marcos, this was a shock. One of the gambits in his snap election decision was that he could abort a dangerous coalition of his opponents since every party would field its own candidates. Instead, Marcos was confronted by a united phalanx.

Loss of US support

It also helps, of course, that America is on one’s side. For unknowingly among Edsa partisans, American technicians kept a 24-hour vigil on Ver’s communications, which they easily tapped. The CIA maintains in the Philippines an intelligence base capable of monitoring radio and microwave phone transmissions all over Asia. The CIA learned that Ver had arrested and interrogated the bodyguards of Trade Minister Roberto Ongpin provided by Enrile and stumbled on the coup plot of the Reform the Armed Forces Movement (RAM).

American intelligence forthwith warned Enrile that the PSC was on red alert, that Ver had repositioned his forces around Metro Manila, and that Enrile, Ramos and Ongpin had been ordered arrested. Enrile found the time to flee to Camp Aguinaldo and enlist the support of Ramos, Jaime Cardinal Sin, US Ambassador Stephen Bosworth and “people power.”

In Washington that Sunday, Feb. 23, US President Ronald Reagan met for 85 minutes with national security advisers to discuss the US-Philippine options.

(Next: US abandons Marcos)

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  • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

    Military abandoning a dictator, an emperor, a caesar, a king, a warlord, a chieftain. What’s new.

    Military insinuating itself in civilian politics, meddling in civilian government. What’s new.

    Military playing both sides, getting the best of both worlds. What’s new.

    For all of FVR’s “true military leadership”, PH today is poorer, AFP weaker and the Oligarchs ever stronger. Thanks largely to FVR’s unfettered neoliberal free-market capitalism. As PDI’s editorial in June 1998 puts it, “FVR is the greatest Filipino salesman of a president.” He sold the Philippines and the Filipino people without them even knowing it.

    • magiting78

      Tumpak…..Sino ang nag benta ng pag aari ng Pilipinas s Japan bilang kabayaran s mga biktima ng hapon? Sino ang nag benta ng pag aari ng pinas sa Hawaii?…nasan ang pinag bilhan? Aun pinamamasyal nya sa ibang bansa hehehe

  • Carlos_Iho

    err..Ramos graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point…a fundamental lapse in the writer’s gathering of facts which makes the entire article seem more like a summary of opinions collected from everywhere.. 

    • James McTangay

      FVR was a plebe at PMA then sent to USMA to complete his course. Obviously a lapse on the writters part.

      • ApoLapullapu

        As far as this article is concerned, a detailed account of FVR’s academic background is not necessary.  What is material is that as military leader he was able to gain the respect of the Officer Corps and the Rank and File both in the Philippine Army and the Philippine Constabulary.  He alone was the military leader of rank who could unite the AFP against Marcos and his Chief of Staff who had an unclear ROTC record.

      • AllinLawisFair

        Reasonable assessment. 

      • magiting78

        Wrong Ramos was the most corrupt Military official during his stay in AFP next to Enrile, that’s why Marcos wants them die. Enrile plan the Orchistrated ambush and reported to Marcos so that Marcos would declare Martial Law, so that more violent will arise from citizenry. So the incedents happen as they planned..more rally’s more military abuses and pointed to Marcos, but thru this they were not able to depeat Marcos, their last option kill Ninoy and point the blame to Marcos….what next???? success….kaya gusto ko happy ka hahahha…nyyyyettttaaa

      • ApoLapullapu

        Do you know why non of the mother and son presidency pursued the search of the real mastermind in the assassination of Ninoy? Blood is thicker than water.

      • magiting78

        Yes because Danding and Peping was part of the plan. Becuase by the time of Ninoy majority of Luisita was in Ninoy name.

      • Carlos_Iho

        I guess it is not to the Cojuangco family’s interest to reveal the facts.  An important video on Ninoy’s assassination is in Malacanang’s archives and this was known to both the Aquino presidents. 

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZMYIL5FXLVIHRZXBQGONZS6U4 Jhune

        How about six year’s in Malacaniang?  more corrupt….

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZLR76JEWFTBW54T2JIOPPASXA4 The Franchise

        wow! hahaha..Ramos pa corrupt ah..eh ano tawag mo kay VER kung ganun ? Uber duper ubod ng corrupt ? hahaha

      • magiting78

        Pareho lang sila, “Bird of the same feather are the same bird” hahaha…walang itulak kabigin sa kanila pareho pwd sunugin….

      • ApoLapullapu

        All the military men including the supposed assassin of Ninoy were under the control of Fabian Ver, the Chief of Staff of Marcos.

      • James McTangay

        I beg to disagree here Apo… if an article is published, especially by the nation’s best newspaper that has aligned itself to the Philippine history, I believe every detail should be correct and precise (Journalism 101).

      • ApoLapullapu

        Only relevant information may be included for space limitations.  A newspaper is not a history book.

  • ARIKUTIK

    The article is 99.99% self serving bias opinion than facts of history. What a Donk’s article. Mahiya naman kayo PDI editor. Pang grade one pa ang pagka sulat as in can convince no one but only an Abnoy.

    • ApoLapullapu

      Hindi pa natapos ang article hinuhusgahan na?  Totoo namang Ramos was the only military man who could have unified the AFP against Marcos.  He was the only one in Philippine Military History who had gained the admiration of the Philippine Army and the Philippine Constabulary.  He had served in both branches of service.  And he is a true military and civilian leader up to this day..

      • ARIKUTIK

        Who can know the thruth ? In fact, thruth is anything that one will believe. The writter is grade 1 section 13, repeater as demonstrated right on the opening salvo of the article. You reply, Me will reward.= Read the greetings > ” In just about 80 hours a military organization strong enough to prop up Marcos during 14 years of Martial Law SIMPLY abandoned him”. That opening salvo clearly states that “AMALAYER” is everything that follows. It was clearly proven by praising Ramos while demonising Marcos. There is no thruth in media, i only want entertainment with enjoyable Intelligent convincing lies. A grade 1 writter wishing to Holify someone will actually bedevil the guy because of ….. aaarrrggghhhh ……… AMALAYER ! >>>>> Whei !   

    • Alex Alvarez

      pag lumalabas ang katotohanan galit kayo, kasi bulag kayo, sabi niyo nga eh walang tulong ang US… 

      • ARIKUTIK

        Truth of the matter IS > Marcos is  intelligent enough not to let innocent blood flows in the streets. Give thanks to USA who find ways to save Filipino lives. That is the truth I believe and a grade 1 section 13, repeater student ‘AMALAYER writter Saks to the bones …… aaarrrggghhh ……. >>>>>>>

  • m1600

    Iwas in EDSA from day one till marcos left malakanyang , Iwas also one of those who were in malakanyang when marcos left . It was a big disappointment after wards especially when Cory freed the communist like SIson who now continue his terrorism against the Filipino people and now his son Simeon want to pay the activist/cpp/npa members WHO tried  TO OVERTHROW THE GOVT.

    FVR is a product of USMA/west point. he was first commissioned as a 2nd Lt. Phil Army and later transferred to PC.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W7TPARCYJFCSA3PBQAM3MVZO3E kurakut

    INCONSISTENCIES MEANS GIGO. Garbage-In Garbage-Out.
    YES, Ramos graduated at USMilitaryAcademyWestPoint.

    • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

       agreed. ahahaha

  • emjay2000

    sumisipsip ba ito para mabigyan ng puesto? kawawa ka naman! your a disgrace to the military profession!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EQSZXYMC25U3UNO5426WNK2NNQ bubuwit

    Army Major nong ’86, nagretire 2005 as a Colonel? Anong ngyari at mga 20 years eh 2 ranks lang nagawa mo? Baka naman 22log 2log lang tayo sa pansitan……

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UYCOAGIL35OAIRH2T6QH3IZUMY Ike

      Bubuwit, less than half and sometimes only about 25% in a PMA class get their star rank. Majority of them retired a Colonel. It dont mean they are less capable, It just boils down to politics.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3AXROSN6LN5YP66EONOKGSSYFY Ngiping Dilaw

    Marcos had his PSC, MISG
    Cory had her ALSA MASA at TADTAD
    Hitler had his S S
    Stalin………K G V
    America…..F B I
    Noynoy……G A Y
    Joke lang .

    • lennonpaul

      corny

      • LAD

         oo nga, napaka corny

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3AXROSN6LN5YP66EONOKGSSYFY Ngiping Dilaw

    Si Marcos talaga nanalo pinalabas lang na nandaya. Sa ilang libong katao , siyam lang kaming bumoto kay Cory. Malakas sa mga probinsya si Marcos. Sa school namin ang anti Marcos ay naa isolate. Pag nagsalita ka ng laban kay Marcos hate ka na ng mga friends mo. Nagsama sama ang mga oposisyon, communist at ibang bansa para palabasing may dayaan. Ako ay maka Cory noon at kita ko walang dayaan . Malayang bumoto ang mga tao noon. Landslide panalo ni.Marcos sa barangay namin sa Laguna.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/M3LQ4MUAU3Z36MIQGIGSOKBCQE Rosauro

      That’s true. In this big cities like MM, Cebu, etc. panalo si Cory. All other areas, si Marcos ang nanalo.

    • magiting78

      Isa kang may malinaw n kaisipan at marunong mag timbang ng katotohanan..iilan n lang ang katulad mo, karamihan ay nabulag at nailigaw ng maling panulat nang kasaysayan.

    • LAD

       magsispilyo ka na muna

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/M3LQ4MUAU3Z36MIQGIGSOKBCQE Rosauro

    The writer does not know Ramos very well. He said Ramos was bread in the Philippine Military Academy. Wrong! Ramos is a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point. Hence, I surmised most of the contents of this write up are incorrect.

    • Albert Aquino

      Ramos is a PMA cadet before he was sent to West Point

      • bandit88

        you’re wrong! 
        class 1951 was the first PMA class after the war.
        had he been a PMA cadet, he should be west point class 1952
        or class (1951 — meaning he only stayed at PMA for two months — hardly a breading …) 
        president ramos was west point class 1950!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UYCOAGIL35OAIRH2T6QH3IZUMY Ike

        Bandit! If your from a foreign country, you cant enter West Point directly.
        After the pleebhood(1st yr) The top of the Class(Academically) applies to be included in the limited spot in West Point. If you pass then you will enter West Point as a Plebe again. It means you will graduate 1 yr behind your original Mistah in PMA. In this case you will be Mistah(Classmate) to the PMA batch that graduated same year as you in West Point.

    • LAD

       lahat po ng west pointer natin dito ay nagdaan muna sa PMA

  • Andres_Bagumbayan

    Walang pinagbago at nawala ang diwa ng EDSA 1!!!! Bukod kay Marcos ay dapat sisihin o batikusin din ang Ina (kUNO) ng Demokrasya na si Coring Aquino…

    Nasa kamay na niya na baguhin ang takbo ng politika,ekonomiya at dispilinahin ang bayan at ibasura ang bulok na sistema ipinakain sa atin ni Marcos…Subalit mas pinairal ni Coring Aquino ang nakagawian bulok na sistema…Sa nagawa ni Coring sa bayan,tatlo ang tama at pito ang mali…

    Nagtataka lang ako kung ano ba talaga ang nagawa ng maybahay ni Ninoy at itinuturing bayani ito????

    • magiting78

      Bayani ng mga uto-uto…Para malaman nyo ang totoo… si Pres Cory ay isang puppet president..Ang totoong nag papatakbo sa kanya sa mga panahon na iyon si JPE at Tabako, at mga taong ipinakulong ni Marcos dahil s mga kasong subirsibo.
           Pag masdan mo ang anyo ng ating pulitika ngaun, kilalanin mo ang karamihan nang mga nakaupo. Hindi ba ito yung mga taong lumalaban ki Marcos at mga tumiwalag?
           Bakit sila tumiwalag at lumaban ki Marcos…dahil sa diktadoryang Marcos hnd sila nag karoon nang pagkakataon na magkaman ng kapangyarihan at kayamanan. Nais nila noong pabagsakin ang rehimeng Marcos upang sila ang makaupo s pamahalaan, gumawa sila ng mga kaguluhan, ang militar sa pamamahala ng dating defense minister at constabulary, gumawala sila ng mga pang aabuso sa mga kumakalaban s pamahalaan nang sagayun mas maigting ang pakikibaka ng mga makakaliwa. Kaya napilitan ang pamahalaan na mag deklara ng martial law.
          Mula ki Enrile, Ramos, Honasan at yung mga pinakulong ni Marcos nais nila pabagsakin si Marcos. Subalit nakita ni Marcos ang mga hidden agenda ng mga ito, at isa lang sa kanila ang alam nya na may malasakit sa bayan at totoong makabayan, at yun s Ninoy, at kanyang tahasang sinabi.. ” Kung meron man taong papalit sa akin walang iba kundi si Ninoy” kaya yung mga taong nais syang pabagsakin ay natakot ki Ninoy.
         Kaya plinano nila ang pag likida ki Ninoy, noon ay nakabilanggo sa Rolando Lagman, subalit si Lagman nung pinatay si Ninoy ay 24 oras ng malamig n bankay dahil tinurture ng PC..Pag aralan nyong mabuti yung mga naka assign n security ki Ninoy ay pawang mag konstable at ang pinaka mataas na opsiyal ay sarhento, mga kawawang sundalo na nabilango ng walang kasalanan, mga sacrificial lamb. Yung mga opisyal nila ay nagpasarap sa pwesto.
          Hanggang ngaun nag bubulag-bulagan ang karamihan maging ang presidente sa kadahilanang ang mga sangkot sa pagpatay sa kanyan ama ay mga kamag-anak nya, at kapag na bunyag ang katotohanan natatakot na sila n baka hnd kilalaning bayani c Ninoy.
      For Info: Mga binilango ni Marcos: Joker, Pimentel, (naupo bilang congressman at senador pagkatapos ni Marcos) Binay-kumalaban ki Marcos, pagkatapos ng EDSA 1 naupo ng matagal n Mayor ng Makati. 
      Enrile at Ramos-bumaliktad ki Marcos dahil napag alaman ni Marcos merong malaking kayaman ang mga ito na ninakaw s kabang yaman kaya ninais ni Marcos na sila ay ipapatay.
      Pangilinan, Cayetano, Cojuanco, Ang, Sy, Lopez-mga ilitistang negosyante kinontrol ni Marcos ang kanilang mga negosyo kaya ninais na mawala c Marcos.

      Ngaun tingnan nyo kung ano ang mga kalagayan ng mga ito pag katapos ng EDSA1 at ikumpara nyo s mga taong dati ng nag hihirap nun…Sila ay yumaman at yung mga mahihirap ay mas lalong humirap.

  • tuldok

    walang diktador ang hindi babagsak sa hinaba-haba ng panahon

  • pedronimo

    Sabi ni Bongbong Marcos na wala daw tama at totoo ukol sa na-isulat sa Edsa revolution. Although that is an obviously biased observation, I suggest that in fairness to the Marcoses, let them write their own version of the Edsa People Power history. Let them hire a historical writer to re-write Philippine history from the Marcoses’ perspective 

    • LAD

       totoo naman ,kaya nagpuntahan mga tao sa EDSA dahil sa kanila…he he he sa inis ng taong bayan sa pamilya nila…… bakit dumami NPA dahil din sa kalokohan ng tatay nya…dapat nga sumulat sila ng sarili nila storya …sana pumayag na si aquino na ipalibing si marcos sa libingan ng mga bayani.. pero dapat bukas salaming ng ataul …makadura man lang

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/3AXROSN6LN5YP66EONOKGSSYFY Ngiping Dilaw

        Wala pa sa pwesto si Marcos ay may Huk BALAHAP na. Mga rebelde yan. Bakit may NPA noong panahon ni Marcos? Gusto kasi ng China na maging communist ang Pilipinas para sila ang kaalyado ng ating bansa at di ang America. Sa maraming panig ng mundo ay kumakalat ang communism noong panahon ni Marcos. Ngayon ilang taon ng wala si.Marcos, pero ayan nariyan pa ang mga communist.

      • LAD

         magsispilyo ka na muna

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/AND7MQ5FERICDOIAUW56RYT45A tower_of_power

         Mga kaibigan ni Ninoy ang mga namumuno sa NPA … sino ba sa palagay mo ang gumawa ng paraan para hindi makaattend ng meeting ng LP sa Plaza Miranda kung hindi sina Joma. Pinaattend nila ng binyagan si Ninoy bago pasabugan ng granada … parehong pareho sa “The Godfather”.

        Ang strategy ni Ninoy at ng mga kaibigan niya ay sirain ang economiya ang bansa tapos sisihin  si Marcos … kung sira na ang economiya mahirapan na mamuhay ang mga tao .. so ano anggagawin nila? Sino ngayon ang tumutulak sa mga tao para sumali sa NPA? Sino ba ang nagfifinance ng mga demonstrations noon? … NINOY … yung mga kaklase ko pa ang ibang pumu[punta  sa bahay nila para kumuha ng pera … hahahahaha

        I was in college during the height ofd activism … iba lang ang paniniwala ko … pinadala ako ng magulang ko na parehong mga teachers lang para magaral at  hindi para sumali sa mga demonstrations.

      • LAD

         kaya bulag ka nga sa mga totoong pnagyayari , at nakabaon sa isip mo yung mga kasinugalngan ha ha ha wawa ka naman

  • Lakan Kildap

    PMAer si Ramos? Akala ko ba West Point?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZMYIL5FXLVIHRZXBQGONZS6U4 Jhune

      Di ba sa Amari scam

    • magiting78

      Hehehe nalito kau noh—-West Pointer c Tabaco kau switik

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CQMCFX7ACMCAGPMKBJGLXGLT3I Karl Andri

    The most vital question is: Where’s the bulk of the Philippine Air Force of old, the F-5 and F-8s? Anybody thought about that. One F-5 with proper munitions could have devastated the paltry force the rebel has even before all the civilians rallied in EDSA.

  • ARIKUTIK

    That will not be allowed by the media because Marcos perspective will convince 99.69 % patriotic Filipinos.

  • ARIKUTIK

    Marcos have courage of bravery to battle it out with communist and terrorist in the south but he is patriotic enough to avoid bloodshed among innocent Filipinos. Filipino lives is sacred more than wealth and power. The true hero in EDSA 1 IS = Ferdinand Marcos.

    • LAD

       The “best recruiter” for the New People’s Army was Marcos.

      • ARIKUTIK

        For the first time in PH history, the nation including fashion crazed young ones were united into nation building under Marcos leadership. Only when Marcos was tied in sickbed that the hungry crocodiles scrambled to grab power. After EDSA 1 all hell broke lose ’till this day. The Aquino clan is curse to the citizens up to this very minute. The nation was turned into government of Abnoy’s.

      • magiting78

        100% tomooooohhh… maraming nalinlang sa maling kasaysayan na sinulat ng mga bataan ni Cory at Tabaco

  • ARIKUTIK

    Sino ang “master mind’ sa pagpatay kay Ninoy ? Ang katotohanan ay itinago ng naging presidente na Asawa at Anak ni Ninoy. That is a fact no one can deny……. Swindlers !!!

    • magiting78

      Gusto mo malaman??? secret??? hahhaa siret na???….sige na nga sabihin ko na…
      1. Danding 
      2. Peping
      3. Enrile
      4. Ramos
      5. Lopez

      Enrile at Ramos ang gumawa ng plano Rolando Galman body guard ni Pepeng….Dandingat Lopez pinunduhan ang plano…ang kawawa yung mga kontsble nakulong n walang kasalanan…at si Lagman naging kriminal kahit 24 oras ng bankay hahaha…

      • batangpaslit

        may blessing ‘yon ng CIA
        Ninoy is not acceptable to the Cojuangcos sa simula pa.
        mga political rivals ang mga pamilya na yan eh

      • magiting78

        Ofcourse kasi ang bumaril s kanya ay coming from behind at kasakay nya sa eroplano…Sabi nga nung isang kandidato about enrile’s ambush defies logic..same thing with Ninoy it defies logic…Galman was coming from the side of Ninoy but the bullet from the back of Ninyo….

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    CORY ANIM NA TAON BINANTAYAN ANG PRESYO NG GALUNGGONG SA PALENGKE MARCOS IS THE BEST PRESIDENT THEY CLAIM ALSO SABAH!

  • ARIKUTIK

    GMA had set free the innocent soldiers in Ninoy Paktay case. The Aquino clan got so mad for it may lead into revealing the truth. Eventually, they tied GMA in hospital bed out of vengeance because actually, GMA had become president by Cory’s idea and influence to hide the truth and protect Hacienda Luisita. It’s all vengeance.   

  • ARIKUTIK

    Walang naga argue, makapag luto na nga lang……… byeeeeee…… Donks !  nya……hahaha …….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_M6UL2UG4OGTMCLSYGB5MVJ7USE InSearchOfTruth

    Only the military could have dispersed the crowd. But the Marines stopped at Edsa and Ortigas. Only the military could have pulverized Enrile and Ramos. But the commander of the armor refused repeated orders to fire on targets. His reason was that “too many innocent people would be killed.” An interesting answer worthy of a treatise in itself.

    di ba si marcos ang sumagot nito kay fabian ver nung sabihin ni ver na hinihintay lang nya order ni marcos to fire at crame and aguinaldo?  it was shown on tv during that time that marcos specifically said that “too many civillians would be killed” by such an attack on the two camps. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UYCOAGIL35OAIRH2T6QH3IZUMY Ike

      My Father is a PC(Phil. Constabulary) Officer under Ramos at that time. He retired in 1989. My brother in law was on the other hand is an Army Captain under Maj Gen Ramas so they are on the opposite side. I was inside Camp Crame as EDSA 1 unfolds. Hence, I had 1st hand info of what had transpired on both side. In front of TV Ver is urging Marcos to attack. Marcos rejected it just to show to the world that his hands are clean if there will be a bloodshed(moro-moro). However Prior to that He(Marcos) had already given Ramas (Army Chief) an order to fire that Ramas pass to Col. Balbas who was already inside Camp Aguinaldo with his men and artilery (howitzers, mortars). Balbas ask his immediate superior Gen Tadiar for confirmation. Tardiar tried to reach si superior Maj Gen Brawner in Malacanang but cant get the connection. He goes  directly to Malacanang but cant find Brawner so he check with Marcos if its really a go which Marcos confirmed. He then radio Col Balbas that the order to fire had clearance from Malacanang. Balbas informed Tadiar that people had already been let inside Crame and there will be un-acceptable number of civilian casualties. Tadiar then ask Balbas to put it on hold and use his descretion.

      • ARIKUTIK

        When Ninoy was turned into dead meat which created a foreign exchange rate of sky high dollar. The opportunist decided it is time to be an OFW ! weeeeee……. Those who got eyes to see will always win.

      • batangpaslit

        Ike…baka nakita kita sa loob ng Camp Crame. hindi lang siguro tayo nagka kilala.
        but I am not allowed to stay longer than an hour inside the rebel camp. my strict order is to “remain alive” so that if the “300” were wiped out, someone is alive to write the story.

        isa sa mga inaasikaso ko ay ang barricades at ang food brigade.

        kung nabasa mo ang libro nina Cecilio Arillo, Gen Aguirre, Col Tarazona i was prominently named there. may litrato pa nga ako.

        i confirm your riposte.

        Col Balbas used his discretion by simply responding to Gen Ramas’ orders that he is still positionng his mortars to fire within range.

        eventually, Gen Tadiar, allowed himself to be “captured” insie his office by his Junior Officers.
        when Malacanang barked the orders why there was to compliance of order to the direct command, Gen Tadiar simply said, “Sir, I am under arrest”.
        ….hehehe

        good stuff, Ike!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UYCOAGIL35OAIRH2T6QH3IZUMY Ike

        Nice one batangpaslit

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UYCOAGIL35OAIRH2T6QH3IZUMY Ike

        Thanks! You must be on your 50’s  – not a batangpaslit anymore!hehehe

        I love to hang-out in my fathers office in the the C1 Div which is now DP. It is air-con there better than my hot boarding house. It is in the 4th flr of HPC bldg facing Kiangan Hall.  That weekend my father went to our province. I wake up on Sunday morning only to be told that, had we been bombed that night, I would have died in my sleep. That Sunday there are only 4 personel at C1 none of whom is an officer. At 1st I did not take it seriously and was excited to see truckloads of fruits and boxes of burgers being delivered at Gate 2. I only take it seriously when I saw the soldier on duty- a Constable- almost in tears and told me: Magkakagyera na ni wala akong baril. One of the Soldiers jokingly told me to don my fathers uniform and they would obey me as their officer.
          On the 3rd day some soldiers started to triccle in. As I pass by Sgt. Ramirez, he stared at me blankly, lay his 357 magnum at his table together with uneaten burgers and told me: dito na yata ako mamatay sa mesa ko, sabi ko bakit naman: sabi nya-sumilip ka sa bintana sa may Aguinaldo Golf course, andyan na ang Marines and they had given Col Balbas the order to fire. He advise me to go back to my boarding house for safety reason but as I tried to leave they locked the gate momentarily and no civilian can go in and out anymore. As I came back I pass by newly delivered M16’s still wraped in plastic at HPC lobby. I informed the Soldiers at C1 and some of them rushed down to armed themselves.

         Yes Col Balbas did not directly dis-obey order from Malacanang to fire and go for the kill…kill….kill. He just stalled and create lots of alibi’s saying: He is still looking at the maps. He still repositioning the Artillery, or he is still not yet within range, though he is just across the road. And for this I owe him my very life. Gen Braulio Balbas…Sir, if you happen to read this…  I’d like to thank you for being an officer and a getleman and for saving thousand and thousands of civilian lives that fatefull day.

      • batangpaslit

        Ike, huwag mo naman akong ibuko na lampas forty na ako ako. Kasi, feeling 39 pa ako eh.
        chuckles…
        Kaya ko napili ang ID kong ito dahil nang mga 25 years old na ako, walang maniwala na ako ay 25. I look totoy daw.
        Peero nang mga 10 years old, sinabihan ako parang 30 year old young adult daw akong kung magsalita….hehehe…confusing, eh?
        Nang pina punta ako sa Seoul to represent the Phils for the first defense exhibit of South Korea, ayaw maniwala ng Koreans na am sent to negotiate the purchase of naval boats dahil totoy looking nga daw—batangpaslit.

        Levity aside, in those days, I report to the War Room. ako ang nagpasara ng gates ng Camp Crame on the first day of the rebellion.

        Hinayang lang ako Ike sa turnout ng EDSA I.
        Nang nag 20th Anniversary, nasa Manila ako. I was asked by GMA 7 and UP History Class (Master) to give an interiew and talk about EDSA 86.
        I declined.
        Sabi ko, the gains of removing a dictatorial government were squandered. Sayang lang.
        Wala akong gana.

        Sumali ako sa Kamalyan Movement in OCT/83 dahil na confirm ko as early 1978, Pres Marcos is no longer ruling the land.
        There were five power centres that I have identified. The usurpers are running the country.
        I did not rebel against Marcos being the President of the Philippines.
        I rebelled when the unelected business cronies and military associates of Malacanang Palace are taking over the reigns of government.

        What keeps me going is my “batangpaslit” idealism. I mourn for my birthland for it is no longer a serene country to live in; but, a paradise to be robbed.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UYCOAGIL35OAIRH2T6QH3IZUMY Ike

        So you are the one who ordered the gate closed which almost got me killed! hehehe.

        Sa totoo lang hindi lang ako nanghihinayang sa naging turn out ng Edsa 1, I feel angy at times at having all those high hopes and idealism that just go down the drain.

        As you can see my father is one of those few who decided to serve the country with honor and integrity. While all his contemporaries at Crame are living like a king, we on the other hand dont even have a kubo in Manila hence I’m staying in a boarding house. I had seen Military corruption 1st hand and how they ridicule my father for not having any part of it. I was hoping that EDSA would change it all and I can again say with pride and honor that I belong to a Military family.

        Sadly After Marcos left it seems everyones eye was open to corruption and everyone wants a piece of it from a janitor to the GM, from Baranggay Tanod all the way to Malacanang.  We kick out the Marcoses only for Imelda to came back and be still treated like a queen. I almost idolized Gringgo at Edsa but whatever regard I had for him evaporated when he sided & defended Erap. FVR, he sold Fort Bonifacio and Villamor to fund AFP modernization. Afterwards ni isang turnilyo walang namodernize sa AFP.Surely where we are now is not what I had in mind when I choose stay in Crame to be part of EDSA.

      • magiting78

        Baka nag kita-kita tau s Camp Agui hehehe Constable din Tatay ko Mstr Sgt sya…kaso paslit p ako nun baka kau ay mga bulbulin n kaya hnd tau naging mag kalaro hahaha….. If Marcos followed Ver request to fire on rally, EDSA 1 never happened, but Marcos still human so he did order to fire, Enrile and Tabaco still thankful they were still alive…For sure isang putok lng ng tanke magpupulwasan mga tao, karamihan kc dun mga hakot lang naman at wala talagang ipinaglalaban, nakiki usyuso lang hehehe sori guys masakit ang katotohanan but if they accept it they will set their self free…

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UYCOAGIL35OAIRH2T6QH3IZUMY Ike

        Small World hehehe,

        As early as Sat (Day 1) there is already a plan to attack Crame. At Sunday (Day 2) Marcos gave the order to Ver for the Attack. Ver then call his Generals, Ramas, Tadiar, Balbanero, Brawner and the rest of those loyal to him and formulate a plan to Attack Crame. Ver would not do it without directive from Marcos. Marcos on the other hand go a call from Raegan not to use force on Enrile/Ramos.

         On Monday Marcos gave the order to go for the kill. An Order that was relayed to Ramas who barked the order to Col Balbas. Balbas tried to stall and ask confirmation to from his immediate Superior Gen Tadiar. Tadiar even went directly to Malacanang and had the confirmation from Marcos that YES its a go.

        MARCOS DID ORDER THE ATTACK. In TV it was shown that Ver is asking Marcos to give him permission, which Marcos declined. THIS IS JUST A MORO/MORO or palabas. Marcos just want to come out clean that if ever there is a bloodshed, his hands are clean. He had to because he had been warned by the US not to use force on Enrile/Ramos. In my opinion Marcos also knows that it was now useless and dangerous to order at attack. If Crame was attacked, Col Sotelo would counter attack them from the air and Commodore Jardiniano will bombed them from the sea.

        Had Col Balbas fired even one mortar round, It would be a really bloody mess. Rebels would fire back and women, children, olds and all sort of civilian whether in there fighting for a cause or plain usisero would be caught in between and thousand and thousand would die in stampede alone. 

      • magiting78

            Ur well inform ha….hehehe But its true Tabaco and JPE used the mass as their shield…Kung hnd cla nag tago sa Crame inaamag n mga buto nila hahaha…wala n sanang JPE, at FVR….
           I wonder kung napatay agad tong dalawa may EDSA 1 kaya? Kung walang EDSA 1 nasan n kaya tayo ngaun? My guest we are far better than Vietnam, Malaysia or Thailand..

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UYCOAGIL35OAIRH2T6QH3IZUMY Ike

        If they launch the attack on Sat evening up to Sunday evening, JPE & FVR will be dead meat. I think I might be one of the colateral damage. Even if they die, there will still be an EDSA but with a different ending. If Ver had instigated the attack early as ordered by Marcos, they could easily pulverized Crame HPC & MND killing all of us in the process. I think it would lead to a civil war as most of RAM members and leaders are still outside Metro Manila. Marcos knows this very well thats why he still open the line to JPE/FVR with an open threat to bombed them it they did not surrender at once.

         An attack would polarize the AFP even more.  It would give Cory and the oposition a much bigger issue to rally people againts Marcos. A hundred if not thousand dead people would anger the whole world and even US would force Marcos to go.

      • magiting78

        Marcos or Ver should not attack the Camp, dapat nag isip na lang sila pano likidahin tong dalawa. Cguro kung natimbog tong dalawa kahit na naupo c Cory cguro iba ang ating kasaysayan ngaun…baka mas maunlad tau..Knowing n kung wala c FVR c Miriam ang naging next president, dapat walang Erap, most probably walang PGMA at Pnoy…

    • batangpaslit

      Bro, not exactly defiance of order.
      Sinabi lang, “Sir, I am still positioning my mortars since target is still out of range”
      hehehe…

  • JasonBieber

    The Filipino people have very short memories and sometimes that is a good thing but sometimes that is a bad thing also.

    People remember the EDSA revolution but forget exactly what lead to that other than it was because of a dictator. Sometimes it’s hard not to wonder if history will repeat itself. But maybe because of the crab mentality it won’t.

    People in power care first and foremost about themselves…so it is highly doubtful that someone in power would care enough about another in power to allow the other to have power over them.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IHU6XJC5I6HVPBSJN5ES4WLOCY Rey

    Reynaldo V. Silvestre  Ramos is from U.S Military Academy

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UYCOAGIL35OAIRH2T6QH3IZUMY Ike

      Rey! If your from a foreign country, you cant enter West Point directly.After the pleebhood(1st yr) The top of the Class(Academically) applies to be included in the limited spot in West Point. If you pass then you will enter West Point as a Plebe again. It means you will graduate 1 yr behind your original Mistah in PMA. In this case you will be Mistah(Classmate) to the PMA batch that graduated same year as you in West Point.

  • jElly_aCe

    sumatutal, ang nkinabang sa edsa na yan ay mga aquino at mga anti marcos at opkors mga elite na nde mka porma ke marcos. tignan nyo kung asan na cla ngayon? nsa pnaka tuktuk ng pinas rich n powerful. ung mga poor na gnamit nila pra kuno sa pagnanakaw ni marcos tignan kung asan cla? nsa kanal prin at mas lalo sumadsad sa kahirapan. ung demokrasya ni cory?  kaliwat knan, rape, nakaw, nde safe, alang disiplinang pinoys. sabe lola ko marcos prin ang d best president. 

    • LAD

       The “best recruiter” for the New People’s Army was Marcos. hayan sana maabot ng pagiisip mo yan

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/AND7MQ5FERICDOIAUW56RYT45A tower_of_power

        Hahahaha … some groups, led by Ninoy’s friends and with the assistance of China, pushed people to become NPA’s …. part of their multi pronged attack for Marcos’ downfall. It was not the perceived wrongdoings of Marcos that attracted people to become NPAs but rather the effective brainwashing and corruption of the minds ot the students that did it!!!

      • LAD

        ewan kung…anong klaseng pulboron ang laman ng utak mo….bakit nag npa mga tao…lalo na yung mga nasa baryo at mahihirap dahil wala silang matakbuhan  dahil sa abuso ng militar nung araw dahil sa sobrang power na binigay sa kanila ng amo mong si marcos….pinaabuso ni marcos ang mga militar noong martial law  para sumunod sa mga kagustuhan nya …. mahirap maintindihan ang ganito pag sarado utak mo

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/AND7MQ5FERICDOIAUW56RYT45A tower_of_power

        Hahaha … ang mga narecruit na mga estudyante nagdala ng pulboron sa mga bayan bayan para ibrainwash ang mga nagutom dsahil sa pagkasira ng ecopnomy na gawa ng mga demonstrations … that was the strategy … destroy the economy to convert the pulboron into pulbora!!!

        Ikaw mabuti marami kang pulboron kaya kahit naghihirap ang mga tao at yung iba ay naging NPA … sarap pa rin buhay mo!!!

      • LAD

         ha ha ha hay naku maglaba ka na , tapos pakainin mo yung baboy 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003186506707 Jane Myers

      Bakit noong panahon ba ni Marcos, walang rape, nakawan, mas safe at mas may disiplina ang mga Pinoy??? Sabihin mo sa Lola mo doon sa Ilocos pumunta at bomoto dahil nandoon ang balwarte ng mga Marcos.

      • magiting78

        Meron pero hnd kaseng ka palasak tulad ngaun..at noon sandali lang tapos ang kaso may hatol agad….ngaun patay na yung nag habla hnd p n hahatulan…

  • Touch_Me_, Nuts!

    This piece of article is a good dessert for Aquinophiles. Now they can save their curses and temper. If the idea is to muddle the water even further, this article I think has achieved its purpose. Meanwhile Cory and Benigno still stand tall at their monuments looking down on the people watching this so-called heroic duo from the cesspit. From a Marcos sewer to an Aquino cesspool is not really a big step towards progress as what many people thought it’s been. This country has produced more fakir than food and jobs they can collect. Too many Edsa 1 stories and versions can bring Hollywood’s Oscar night a dimmer. This country should be at the movies of make-believe.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZLR76JEWFTBW54T2JIOPPASXA4 The Franchise

    Marcos was the focal point of why there are existing communist and muslim insurgencies…Both started during his term. Before MARCOS there was no NPA. No MILF/MNLF.

    • ARIKUTIK

      If you have no any idea what was the world fashion in early seventies then your brain is nothing but filled with propaganda lies.

    • Noel

      Were you born before Martial Law?  There was already NPA and Communist insurgents before Martial Law that was why Marcos tried to stop it.  Years after the Plaza Miranda bombing (before Martial Law was declared), no less than former Sen. Salonga ang Gen. Victor Corpuz admitted that it was Joma Sison and NPA that masterminded the bombing and not Marcos.

      • batangpaslit

        correct…

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/3AXROSN6LN5YP66EONOKGSSYFY Ngiping Dilaw

      E ano naman ang dahilan o sino naman ang sisisihin sa Huk Balahap? Noongmpanahon ni Marcos kumakalat ang communism na parang sakit na nakakahawa. Gustong gusto ng China na maging communist ang Pilipinas. Pumunta pa minsan sa China si Marcos para makiusap na wag bigyan ng pondong pambili ng armas ang mga pro communist. Mga kasama nga ni Ninoy sa rally ay karamihan ay communist. Seguro naman ay nakakasabay lang nila sa rally. Kaya yon ang dahilan. Medyo humina ang power ng communist sa Pilipinas noong bumagsak ang economy ng China.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZLR76JEWFTBW54T2JIOPPASXA4 The Franchise

    To all MARCOS FANS : When will you guys realize that EDSA is not just about the Aquinos. EDSA is about freedom loving filipinos. The Aquinos does not own EDSA. The freedom loving filipino people does

    • ARIKUTIK

      EDSA is NOT the entire nation but only a strech of road with military camp by the side. Marcos won the snap election with out any trace of doubt from intelligent mind. Therefore vice Pres. Tolentino is the rightful legal president after Marcos was flown by USA to Hawaii. Cory is illegal power grabber which flung the nation into what it is today. The Aquinos Pak Daf the nation up to this day of Abnoy governance.

      • Noel

        Loyal Marcos soldiers mostly from the north were stopped in the highways.  Had they arrived in Manila, things would have been different.  Days after Marcos was ousted, many military officials and soldiers in the provinces were still loyal to Marcos.  In the end, they just had to give up since it was a new government already even if they knew that Marcos was illegally and unconstitutionally removed.

      • batangpaslit

        Noel…sa EDSA I event, doon nakita kung sino ang superior na strategic thinker and tactical planner between the boys of Gen Ramos and Gen Ver.
        Alam ko dahil “nandoon” ako.

        For instance, the war tanks ay ipinasok sa loob ng compound  ng  Malacanang Palace.
        Paano maka galaw ang tangke wala nang space? Pag nagka putokan sila-sila ang mag kanyonan.

        While the boys of Gen Ramos thought out to use the people as an expandable perimeter defense.

        Isang example lang ‘yan…

      • Noel

        Bobo si Ver.  Dating driver at bodyguard lang ni Marcos.  Sarhento pa lang siya noon.  But his loyalty to Marcos was just too much for Marcos to ignore.  Handang tumanggap ng lahat ng bala si Ver para kay Marcos.  Eh siyempre ikaw naman ang Presidente, gusto mo ba ang matalino na traidor na tulad ni Ramos o ang isang bobo na puwede mong itaya ang buhay mo?  Ramos was a West Pointer.  His right hand man Gen. Almonte was a very good intelligence officer.  Si Almonte ang gumagawa ng plano…mga psy war at iba pa.

      • batangpaslit

        Noel, too strong siguro ang term na “traidor”. Eh, General Ramos felt he was betrayed too by his second cousin, PFM.
        Yes, JoAl is the brainthrust of PFVR
        The father of PFVR was the Foreign Affairs Secretary, diba?
        Gusto ni PFM, si Gen Romulo ang gawin niang ForSec.
        Nag give way si Sec Narciso Ramos on the condition gawing Chief, PC anak nia in preparation for him to be the next CoS, AFP.
        Hindi natupad. ‘Di, iniwan si PFM ng second cousin nia.
        Si General Kulot (wala kasing buhok na si Gen Ver, kaya yan ang bansag sa kanya), second cousin din ni PFVR.
        Balik kay Gen JoAl…sia ang author ng pag baklas ng monopoloy ng Meralco at ng PLDT kaya galit si Pres Cory sa kanya. Kasi, diba ang PLDT ay pinsan nia ang majority owner?

      • Noel

        Marami ka rin alam at first hand sources pa.  Kung sa bagay, paanong hindi magagalit si Ramos eh laging Vice-Chief lang siya na kung tutuusin ay mas magaling at may pinag-aralan kay Ver.  Sabihin na lang natin na mas may tiwala si Marcos kay Ver kesa kay Marcos.  May sigurong mga pangyayaring nagtulak kay Marcos na huwag magtiwala kay Ramos ng husto.  Isa na siguro ang kanyang connection sa US.  Amboy kasi si Ramos.  Utos-utusan lang ng mga Kano si Ramos. 

        Maraming mga kompanya na pabagsak noon tulad ng Meralco at ABS-CBN ng mga Lopez.  Maraming utang sa pribado at gobyerno.  Siyempre para isalba gustong bilhin at kunin ng gobyerno pero ayaw naman ng mga Lopez.  Ang gusto lang ng mga Lopez ay bigyan sila ng pera ni Marcos na di puwede.  Ayun, pinalabas ng mga Lopez na kinuha ng mga Marcos ang mga ari-arian ng mga Lopez.  Nang bumagsak si Marcos at umuwi sa Pilipinas ang mga Lopez mula sa Amerika, silang mga Lopez ang isa sa mga higit na nakinabang.  Ibinalik na lang ni Cory sa kanila at burado na ang mga nakaraang mga utang.  Iyan ang dahilan kung bakit ganyan kalaki ang utang na loob ng mga Lopez kay Cory at sa pamilyang Aquino.

      • batangpaslit

        Noel, siempre, si Gen Ramos, hindi basta-basta mautusan ni PFM. Hence, he chose Gen Ver to succeed Gen Espino.
        Lopez Family?
        They were the ones who bankrolled Marcos. Kaya naging Presidente si Marcos.
        Kuwidaw, parang minamaliit ni Don Eugenio si Marcos.
        Kaya, ginantihan sila ni Marcos.
        Tingan mo ang mga Laurel, kahit anong banat ni Doy kay PFM hindi sia ginalaw.
        Marunong tumanaw ng utang na loob si PFM.
        Look at Benedicto. Nakinabang ng husto. Dahil si Benedicto ang nag support sa kanya while PFM was in prison regarding the Nalundasan Case. And the old man Laurel granted “pardon” to the young Marcos.
        Sakim din ang Lopez ah. Tingnan mo ang paningil nila sa kuryente. Hindi sila lugi. Basahin mo ang quarterly reports kung magkano tubo nila. Pero ang singil nila sa kuryente sobra ang taas. Miss mo lang ang isang araw na bayad, putolan ka na.
        Masyadong nasisiil ang bayan.
        At any rate, GOD, bless you Kabayan.

      • Noel

        Lahat puwedeng ibato kay Marcos pero di kailan man na wala siyang utang na loob.  Nabanggit mo ang mga Laurel.  Noon may kaso si Marcos sa Nalundasan case, ang Judge ay ang matandang Laurel at nawalang sala si Marcos.  Kahit noong guerilla pa si Marcos may tumulong sa kanya.  Nang naging Presidente si Marcos ay ipinasok niya ng trabaho sa Malacanang.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UYCOAGIL35OAIRH2T6QH3IZUMY Ike

        Ver’s blind loyalty to Marcos is one of the cause of Marcos downfall. As the Chief of Staff, Marcos gave Ver the whole control of AFP even bypassing Enrile as Defense Minister. Ver then promoted and positioned all military officers that is supremely loyal to him especially those Ilocano ROTC graduates much to the dismay of the PMAyers. Ver’s term was extended by Marcos indefenitely which gives no window for FVR to go up. Enrile was also sidelined as Ver now is in control. Ver throw professionalism out of the window.
          This angered the Mid-level officers who organized the RAM and planed an Coup-de-etat to remove Marcos/Ver from Malacanang. The plan was discovered when then Maj Doromal – a RAM member, confided to his Superior Col Irwin Ver.
          The original plan was for Honasan to lead the Coup and then put JPE as the head of junta. when it was blown out and Marcos ordered them arrested, they had to change plan and holed up in MND instead. PUTTING CORY IN THE PRESIDENCY IS OUT OF THE PLAN. It just came to be because they need to modify their plan in order to survive another day with their head on their shoulder. The rest then is history called EDSA 1.

      • batangpaslit

        tumpak….anak ka nga ng PC officer. ang malungkot lang kasi Ike, ay: hindi naman sa kapakanan ng bansa ang ginawa nila. kundi para lang naman sa kapakanan ng sarili nilang bulsa.
        GOD bless you, Kabayan!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UYCOAGIL35OAIRH2T6QH3IZUMY Ike

        JPE patronizing & protecting Erap shows his true color. FVR sold Fort Bonifacio & Villamor for AFP modernization, but not a single bolt or nut was delivered to AFP afterwards. RSBS went bankrupt under FVR admin. The only good thing with FVR is that he can hide his irregularities with a magicians touch that Foreign Investors still trust him which had prop up the economy.
          Yes they are all brood of snakes. Some would bite and kill you instantly. Some would squezze the life blood out of you and swallow you whole. And unless we all realize that we are picking leaders from this snake pits, our kids & the next generation future.. will be very bleak.

        God Bless you too kabayan! May the goodness, blessing mercy and grace of our Lord oveflow in your life and overtake you always!!!

    • magiting78

      EDSA revolution only 2-3 million people and most of them are from manila and some of them are just by stander, they were not representing the whole nation..

    • Touch_Me_, Nuts!

      What you see now wasn’t then, and the result was and is all vomit. Put that in the proper perspective, and correct the mirage that continue to cloud your senses. Something bad cannot be corrected by something not right.  Start moving now in the right direction.

  • Noel

    Obviously, it’s a biased article.  The turning point was America’s support in ousting Marcos.  Without America, no coup or overthrow of government would succeed.  That’s why Cory survived those coups because the US protected and helped her.

    • batangpaslit

      yes, CIA and the State Dept had a hand….including the assasination of Ninoy

      • Noel

        It’s interesting to note how Ninoy was able to obtain passport using an alias.  From being an NPA to CIA agent, the US knew Ninoy knew too much.  The US used him to trigger the ouster of Marcos.

      • ApoLapullapu

        Is this reason why Cory and Noynoy did not exert efforts to find the mastermind in the Ninoy assassination?

      • batangpaslit

        Apo, when I was asked long before kung sino ang local mastermind ng pagpatay kay Ninoy, ang sagot ko ay:
        Kung ang lahat ng mga kamag-anak ni Pres Cory ay humarap sa malaking salamin kasama sia….ehehene, makikita nila ang mukha ng local mastermind.

        Ang isa sa mga 25 escorts na hanggang ngaon ay nakulong pa ay asawa ng kamag-anak ako.
        Tinanong ko ang pinsan ko bakit hindi sia mag ibong pipit para lalabas ang katotohanan.
        Sagot ng pinsan ko ay, “Kuya, si XXX gusto nia mabuhay kaming mag ina. Dahil ang sinabi daw sa kanila ay, pag natunton kung sino sa kanila ang mag salita, ubos ang pamilya nila”.

        Si XXX asawa ng pinsan ko, chose to suffer for the sake of his family—wife and children.

      • ApoLapullapu

        Kawawa naman.  At lalong kawawa ang bayan..

      • batangpaslit

        Apo, the oppresors and the avarice do not have a heart. Their “god” is the material wealth and the worldly temporal power.
        Pero darating din ang kanilang just reward wika nga. It may take a while, but it will come.

      • magiting78

        No one among the guard knew who gunned down Ninoy, their main mission is just to bring Lagman on the site. But may be they knew who gave order, because Galman is already 24 hrs dead that time…
           The local master mind still alive and kicking..yung isa nga mataas ang position s senado, at yung isa naging presidente pa, at yung ka kutsaba, may-ari ng San Miguel Corp, at yung isa ay naging chairman ng Phil Sport Commission…ayan may clue n kau….heheheheheh

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UYCOAGIL35OAIRH2T6QH3IZUMY Ike

        almost anyone in the Military circle knows who pulled the trigger on Ninoy. It just either Moreno or Claro Lat but if I remember it right it was Moreno who was identified as the shooter.
          To add to the stupidity of who ever planed it, they put M19 S&W 357 magnum on Galman. I dont know if they knew or they realize that a 357 magnum with hallow point would blast the neck or back of the head of Ninoy killing or wounding Moreno or Claro Lat who is directly behind Ninoy making this plot even more unbelievable. And even if the bullet fragments miss the 2, Ninoys blood and brains will be splattered all over their faces which in this case is not.

      • magiting78

        That’s what they say..”It defy the logic”…

      • Noel

        Absolutely.  Cory knew it was not Marcos.  She could not say it because saying it would mean her government was illegitimate.  She and the Aquino family wanted to hide this fact for as long as they can at the expense of Marcos.  

      • ApoLapullapu

        What a historical disgrace!

      • magiting78

        Its the fact, hard but true…

      • magiting78

        Cory did not say anything about the fact, just to divert the history and to make Ninoy as hero, but she knows her cousins and Bro are behind the plot..with the help of FVR and JPE…Rolando Galman was 24 hrs dead already before Ninoy died…

      • batangpaslit

        Noel, just to jog your memory.
        Who has the resources and manpower to monitor the movement of “Bonifacio” from his circuitous trip from U.S.A. to Manila?

        Ninoy knows he will be killed.
        But being a serious student of history like Marcos, he knew, he will be remembered well by history if he dies as a martyr.
        After all, Ninoy knows he is going to die.
        His personal physician is my Kababayan. Moreover, his writer in U.S.A., is a friend of mine too (siempre mas malaki ang ikinatanda nila sa akin.

        Pres Marcos, at the time is no longer under the thumb of U.S.A. He is already pursuing an “independent” policy from America.
        Why do you think Pre Magsaysay was killed? Paano magka pilot error ang isang presidential pilot who is disciplined not to take liquor while on duty?

        Kaddafy, Noriega, Bin Laden, Saddam were “taken out” since they no longer toe the CIA line These four were their “boys”.

        Who created Abu Sayyaf?

      • Noel

        Very true.  I absolutely agree.  Please take note why Ninoy knew how he would die.  Inside the airport, he told the reporters and those around him to be quick because he would be shot in the head in a matter of seconds.  Indeed, that was exactly what happened.

        Marcos was not stupid to have Ninoy killed knowing his death would be blamed on him.  Both were fraternity brothers.  Ninoy wanted to return home to reconcile with Marcos and help the latter.  Otherwise, another force would take over.  Suspicions were high that Imelda was about to take over the very sick Marcos who was not the decision maker during the last few years.  Report had it that it was Imelda-Danding and perhaps with Ver who masterminded it.

        You mentioned Magsaysay.  He was reported to be a CIA agent just like Ninoy.  Maybe Magsaysay also knew too much and had to be eliminated.  History tells us that many leaders were either overthrown or assassinated by the US.  CIA operatives were active and continue to be active.  Imagine, Panama’s Gen. Noriega was spoiled for the last 20 years despite knowing his drug trades but later was kidnapped in his own country.

      • magiting78

        dahil ang pinagsabihan nya ay reporter…yun ang bumaril s kanya…hehehe

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