Friday, February 25, 2011

Have We Forgotten EDSA?







Bongbong Marcos, the namesake of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, made a remark on the eve of the anniversary of EDSA 1 or People Power revolution that had his father stayed on in power and were not forcibly brought to Hawaii, the Philippines could have been like Singapore now. Pres. Noynoy Aquino made a gentle rebuttal on this on the day of celebration itself by saying that we were mired in debt and capital flight was in evidence during the time of martial law and thousands of people disappeared or were murdered or jailed during that time. Corruption was so rampant that we are still paying for the Bataan nuclear plant even though we did not receive a single kilowatt from it. GMA continued the reign of corruption of the Marcos era as she dipped her fingers on all pies available even attempting to sell Palawan and Spratly islands to the Chinese. We must never forget the lessons of EDSA when we became free from the yoke of tyranny and repression after the gruesome assassination of Ninoy Aquino at the tarmac of MIA. Now countries under the yoke of tyranny are following suit the example of EDSA 1.

Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla
Philippines
Nationalism

12 comments:

Calleigh said...

Whooot.. I was still a kid when Edsa's People Power took place though we were not living in Phils. But I heard a lot about this courageous act that eventually toppled the Marcos regime.

But sadly, the rotten system of the Philippine government have gripped firmly that regardless who is in charge has a tough time to thwart the unscrupulous practices of some politicians in power.

Umma

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Umma,
You are so right. The corrupt system and culture had become endemic in the Philippines and the insatiable corruption of former Pres. GMA had exacerbated the situation. Now, even the Armed Forces of the Philippines is enmeshed in corruption charges. I hope Pres. Noynoy make good his promise of leading the Phils to the path of righteous governance. I am intrigued about you Umma. You seem to be beautiful and elegant in your photo in your latest blog, yet I have not seen a single photo you have posted before. I want to see more of you if you have a Facebook account. Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless you all always.

chubskulit said...

Wala ako masyadong maalala sa Edsa Kuya, during that time kasi crisis din inaatupag namin economically saka ala kaming TV nun eh lol..

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Rose,
Okay lang yun. Nag react lang ako sa sinabi ni Bongbong na kung hindi raw pinatalsik si Marcos nuon at sapilitang dinala sa Hawaii ay siguro parang Singapore na tayo ngayon. That's farthest from the truth dahil ang inatupag nila ay kamkamin ang yaman nang bansa katulad din nang ginawa ni Gloria. BTW, napunta din ako sa EDSA nung time na yun dahil malapit lang kami duon nung nakatira pa kami sa Proj. 4 sa QC. Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless you all always.

Dhemz said...

wala talaga akong malala kuya...I was 2 when it happened....glad to have our freedom back!

chubskulit said...

Daan lang ako dito ng madali kuya bago magzzzzz... salamat po sa mga dalaw at comments.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Dhemz,
Of course you will not remember anything because you were just 2 then. Kasing idad mo lang si Justine ni Shy, hehehe. Anyway, thanks for your visit and comments. God bless you all always.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Rose,
You're welcome. Thanks also for your visit and comments. God bless you all always.

Kim, USA said...

Oh my ang dami kung maalala nito Mel. I was in Cebu at that time reviewing for cpa board exam. I thought a war will erupt na. Alam mo sa Cebu diba opposition yan talaga sila, so yung yellow bumaha sa lahat nang sulok nang Cebu. Pero we can't deny din na merong maka Marcos, nag red din sila, naku I stayed at my dorm hinde ako lumabas unless may klase. I was scared thinking that I might not be able to see my family pag may digmaan nga
It was chaotic lalo na sa Manila I saw that on tv. Yes it was kind of peaceful revolution and it takes a lot of prayers and peoples power to do that.
Happy Wednesday!

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Kim,
Very memorable pala ang memories mo nang EDSA. Nasa Cebu ka pala nuon. Ang EDSA revolution ay concentrated lamang sa Metro Manila partikular sa EDSA. We just remember the lessons of EDXSA now. Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless you all always.

Calleigh said...

hi Kuya Mel.. don't worry I will post some of my pictures soon hahaha.. I dont have a Facebook account bec I'm not interested on social networking.

Just dropping by here.

Umma

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Umma,
Yes, I will be waiting for your pictures so that I can satisfy my curiosity. Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless you always.

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