Date: February 22-25, 1986
Location: Quezon City, Philippines
Participants: President Ferdinand Marcos
Armed Forces of the Philippines loyalists under Fabian Ver
Armed Forces of the Philippines rebels under Fidel V. Ramos
Secretary of Defense Juan Ponce Enrile
Protesters led by Jaime Cardinal Sin
The powerful force of democracy is the masses or the people. It can topple dictatorship that suppresses the basic rights of an individual; the rights for freedom of speech, freedom for want, and freedom for religion. It happened in the Philippines. Since the proclamation of Martial Law in September 21, 1972 (Proclamation No. 1081) through the government of the deposed President Ferdinand Edralin Marcos, these basic rights were suppressed by the military rule. This was the so-called bloodless revolution erupted. One of the most significant national events that has been engraved in the hearts and minds of every Filipino. This part of history gave us a strong sense of pride especially that other nations had attempted to emulate what we have shown the world of the true power of democracy. The real empowerment of democracy was witnessed with the EDSA Revolution. Huge number of people, armed forces, power of prayers, the armed marine troops under the command of Marcos withdrew from the site. Celebrities expressed their support putting up a presentation to showcase the injustices and the anomalies carried out by the Marcos administration. Filipino’s proved to have successful efforts to oust a dictator by a demonstration without tolerance for violence and bloodshed. Prayers and rosaries strengthened by faith were the only weapons that the Filipinos used to recover their freedom from President Ferdinand Marcos’s iron hands.
This event just showed how us Filipino’s had our own way to achieve freedom and live freely in our own land. All Filipinos gathered in unity with courage and faith to prevail democracy in the...