Today is EDSA Day in the Philippines and Filipino are celebrating the ousting of Ferdinand Marcos in 1986.   So, lets  talk a little about the history of the Philippines related to this day.

The revolution is sometimes called The People Power Revolution.  It is also known as EDSA Revolution.  The revolution was a nonviolent one.  The majority of the demonstrations were held on Epifanio de los Santos Avenue or EDSA.

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EDSA Boulevard Protest Leading To The End Of The Marcos Regime

A series of demonstrations led up to the climax  from February 22–25, 1986 when Macros left the Philippines and conceded that Corazon Aquino was the legitimate president of the Philippines.

In the 1970’s Marcos declared martial law in the Philippines.  The militant New Peoples Army INPA) had formed and sought a redistribution of wealth.   Muslim groups also formed and were blamed for bloodshed in the Philippines.

Marcos came under pressure at home from the Catholic Bishops Conference and The USA to hold an election.   Marcos did hold an election and was pronounced the winner.   There were widespread accusations of election fraud.  A group of computer technicians walked out of their jobs due to what they said was manipulation of election data.   Some say this was one of the first acts of the revolution.

It should be said that Marcos did still have a lot of support in the Philippines.  In fact, his wife was elected to serve in the Philippine Congress last year.   I must say, that seems ironic to me because Marcos disbanded the congress under his rule.

Today, February 25th  is a school holiday in honor of EDSA Day.

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