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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 »

Credit goes to Filipinos as the real heroes of Edsa ’86

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Edsa looked like this—a vast multitude of civilians thronging the avenue to protect the rebels headquartered in Crame and Aguinaldo. The proximate causes of their gathering were the mobilization of Butz Aquino’s peer network and the appeal of Cardinal Sin on Radio Veritas to the national audience. But why did the people come?

Posted: February 27th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Palace opens doors to 1,000 kids

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President Benigno Aquino lll.  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

“Don’t cheat in your exam,” President Aquino on Monday advised orphans who were treated to an afternoon of entertainment in Malacañang as part of government celebrations marking the 27th anniversary of Edsa I.

Posted: February 26th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Edsa ’86: A military perspective

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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.

Posted: February 26th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Sin, grace under pressure

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JOLLY SIN  Jaime Cardinal Sin the way he’s remembered as a jolly good fellow who was given to make fun of his name and exploding in gales of laughter. Behind him was his secretary, Msgr. Soc Villegas who is now archbishop of Lingayen and Dagupan.  INQUIRER PHOTO

The young aide was stunned when Jaime Cardinal Sin picked up the phone and called the Church-run Radio Veritas to broadcast an appeal on the night of Feb. 22, 1986.

Posted: February 22nd, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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