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Does the President know his geography?

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The transfer of the celebration of the 28th People Power revolution from Manila to Cebu by President Noy smacks of historical revision, according to my fellow Inquirer columnist Amando Doronila.

Posted: March 1st, 2014 in Featured Columns,Headlines,Metro,On Target | Read More »

Retired bishop scores ‘virtual dictatorship’

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Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

As the country observed the 28th anniversary of the 1986 Edsa People Power Revolution, a former head of the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines said Tuesday said the country was still under a “virtual dictatorship,” with the government using money to get what it wants.

Posted: February 25th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

28 years after Edsa: PH yet to win fight vs poverty

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INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Two neophyte senators believe that 28 years after the first People Power revolt in 1986, Filipinos have yet to win the fight against poverty and unemployment.

Posted: February 25th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Day 4: Dictator’s day of humiliation

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A MYTH THIS IS NOT  The Philippines had two presidents for about nine hours exactly 28 years ago today (Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014). Corazon Aquino (left) is sworn in at 10:46 a.m. as the country’s 11th President by then Justice Claudio Teehankee at Club Filipino in San Juan, a short distance from Edsa. About two hours later, Ferdinand Marcos addresses his supporters from a balcony in Malacañang after taking his oath of office, claiming that he won the snap presidential election. But at 9:05 p.m., Marcos leaves the Palace on a helicopter. The rest is history. COMPOSITE PHOTO BY JOHNNY VILLENA AND MR & MS PHOTO

There was something surreal about the last day of Ferdinand E. Marcos’ 20-year rule. The economy in shambles, his government in total collapse, much of the Armed Forces in mutiny, his palace in disarray and abandoned by most of his Cabinet, Marcos cut a pathetic figure that Tuesday 28 years ago today.

Posted: February 25th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

People Power Revolution Timeline, Feb. 23, 1986, Day Two

PLAYING SAFE  At left, former Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile moves to the more secure Camp Crame. FILE PHOTO

Thousands heed Jaime Cardinal Sin’s and Butz Aquino’s call over Radio Veritas to gather around Camps Aguinaldo and Crame and bodily protect the rebels led by Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile, Armed Forces of the Philippines Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Fidel Ramos and the Reform the Armed Forces Movement (RAM).

Posted: February 23rd, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

From revolution to ‘reblocking’: Edsa 28 years later

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THE EDSA revolution broke out against a yet-uncluttered urban backdrop in February 1986.

If the Edsa Revolution were to happen today, People Power might temptingly include a side trip to the mall. The loyalist Gen. Fabian Ver would have a hard time looking for open fields to deploy tanks but could put snipers up on the billboards, and the defecting Lt. Gen. Fidel V. Ramos would still make his famous victory jump—though with fewer people to see him, thanks to the elevated railway blocking the view.

Posted: February 23rd, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Metro,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Edsa hero says PMA clique controls military

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MAJOR VICTORY People cheer as one of the attack helicopters, led by then Col. Antonio Sotelo, lands in Camp Crame. The helicopter squadron defected to the rebel soldiers’ side on the second day of the revolt. 
PHOTO FROM THE BOOK “PEOPLE POWER: THE PHILIPPINE REVOLUTION: AN EYEWITNESS HISTORY”

Twenty-eight years after he led the defection of the Air Force’s 15th Strike Wing in a move that favored anti-Marcos forces during the historic Edsa People Power Revolution, retired Lt. Gen. Antonio Sotelo lamented that nothing much had changed in the military.

Posted: February 22nd, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

28 key Edsa personalities

RAM boys Gringo Honasan, Eduardo Kapunan, Rey Rivera and Tito Legaspi PHOTO FROM “Breakaway: The Inside Story of the Four-Day Revolution in the Philippines”

The Edsa People Power Revolt on Feb. 22 to 25, 1986, had a cast of thousands, many of them political and military figures who remain familiar names in recent headlines. From being Marcos allies, many have shifted loyalties to become rebel forces who, thanks to their burnished image during Edsa, were later elected local officials, senators and even President.

Posted: February 22nd, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Timeline: Feb. 22, 1986, Day One

SLEEP-IN  Reporters covering the Edsa event catch up on their sleep inside Enrile’s office at Camp Aguinaldo. PHOTO FROM THE BOOK “CHRONOLOGY OF A REVOLUTION”

Defense Secretary Juan Ponce Enrile and key aides finalize Enrile’s speech in which he will proclaim himself head of a ruling junta after rebel troops led by the Reform the Armed Forces Movement (RAM) assault on Malacañang. Assault is planned for Feb. 23 at 2 a.m.

Posted: February 22nd, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Cebuanos told: Remember Edsa lessons

Cebu’s religious and political leaders exhorted Cebuanos not to forget the lessons learned in the 1986 Edsa People Power Revolution as the country celebrated its 27th anniversary yesterday.

Posted: February 26th, 2013 in CDN - News,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Heard on Radyo Inquirer 990AM

“We’re glad to be here to witness the celebration. Our parents told us of the importance of the Edsa revolution, it is synonymous with the freedom we are having nowadays.” —K.C Contreras, student of Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology, who attended the 27th People Power 1 anniversary celebration with her friends at the Edsa Shrine.

Posted: February 26th, 2013 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Marcos won over Cory; Arroyo over FPJ

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Inquirer’s Fernando del Mundo’ wrote the last of his two-part series on Edsa ’86 on Wednesday, which was a recollection of the events leading up to the “Mother of all People Power Revolts.”

Posted: February 26th, 2013 in On Target | Read More »

Senators praise Aquino for rights compensation law

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President Benigno Aquino III. AP FILE PHOTO

Senators praised President Benigno Aquino III for signing the Human Rights Victim Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013 on the 27th anniversary of the Edsa People Power Revolution.

Posted: February 25th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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