The 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution made a very significant mark in the Philippine history. It was a four-day series of a peaceful rally against the Presidency of Ferdinand Marcos. This rally brought down Marcos from Malacanang and was then by replaced by Corazon Aquino. The revolution lasted for four days, from February 22 to 25, 1986. The peaceful revolt was named after Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA), the place where many Filipinos gathered to have their peaceful protest. EDSA Revolution was also known as the “Yellow Revolution”, after Aquino’s campaign. One of the main cause why Filipinos protested against Marcos was due to the assassination of Ninoy Aquino and the corruption of the funds that should be for the Filipinos. During the regime of Marcos, Philippines was under a dictatorial government. People suffered from Marshall Law and Coup’deta. The media have no freedom to express their opinions and to publish anything against Marcos in the newspapers. The most hurtful thing that Marcos did during his presidency was the corruption of the funds that was allocated for the welfare of the Filipinos. This research paper will discuss how EDSA Revolution gave way for the Philippines to attain democracy.
SCOPE & LIMITATION
This research paper will discuss the great effect of EDSA to the society and to the Filipinos. But this will be limited only to youths and to the people who witnessed the EDSA Revolution.
* To get the views of the youths about EDSA Revolution.
* To share some stories of the people who witnessed EDSA Revolution. * To know how EDSA Revolution became way for the Philippines to attain democracy. SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY
This study was taken to look back on some remaining memories of the people who witnessed the EDSA Revolution. This will also get the different views of the youths about the EDSA Revolution. This study will tell on how powerful prayers and unity was during the EDSA Revolution.
EDSA: Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue; this was the place where Filipinos gathered to have their protests against Marcos. Revolution: In this study, this term was used and defined as the act of protesting against something. Power: It refers to the ability of a person to control other people through imposing laws. Democracy: It refers to a type of government where people have freedom to express their rights as human. Corruption: In this study, this term refers to act of stealing the money allocated for other people.
Before EDSA Revolution existed, there were several unlawful things that happened during Marcos Regime. According to an online article in Wikipedia, the assassination of Ninoy Aquino became a big issue to President Marcos. With Marcos still exercising extra constitutional powers, the lifting of martial law did not quell the unrest among the people. Opposition parties boycotted the first presidential elections after martial law in 1981, which Marcos won by a landslide. Aquino, who had lived in self-imposed exile for three years in the United States, decided to come home despite threats to his life. On 21 August 1983, Aquino arrived at the Manila International Airport, and was killed along with the alleged assassin, Rolando Galman. His death sparked an outpouring of outrage from civil society, with thousands marching in a “National Day of Sorrow” a month later. At this point, Corazon “Cory” Aquino, his widow, threw her support behind the opposition candidates running in the Batasang Pambansa elections of 1984. There were now open calls for protests against the Marcos regime. It was also during this time that the Philippine Daily Inquirer was founded as an alternative to the crony-run broadsheets, and would later play a vital part in reporting on the EDSA Revolution via print media. Seeing the unrest triggered by the Aquino-Galman assassination, Marcos formed the Agrava Commission to investigate. Because of added pressure...
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