The Day After EDSA People Power Revolution – 27th Anniversary
It was a monumental event in the history of our country, the Philippines, when the famous EDSA People Power Revolution took place in Manila and I’ve said to myself that with history in the making how I wished that I would have been there with my feet planted firmly on the ground of our native soil and singing our National Anthem with pride, joy, and hope in our hearts that freedom and true democracy shall prevail in the midst of this bloodless and peaceful revolution against tyranny and dictatorship instead of just witnessing that unforgettable event broadcast live on Breaking News TV.
We, as a great nation, deserved to enjoy our freedom and real democracy not only for our generation but for all the other generations to come. It was that famous moment defined in history as true democracy seen in action and now in the end of all this peaceful revolution our nation is free again from the evil claws of dictatorship.
When I left our native land, little did I know that one day our beloved country will enjoy freedom and democracy once again. I was in Manila when the Martial Law was declared because the dictator used many events to justify its declaration; that the intensifying threat to the country’s security through insurgency and re-establishment of the Communist Party and the New People’s Army, also grew in numbers in Tarlac which was Aquino’s turf, and the attempt to the life of the Minister of Defense was a threat to national security, hence declared it. The declaration of martial law was imposed upon the people that suspended all their civil rights and military rule was also imposed immediately. In my honest opinion, it was unforgivable and unnecessary to declare martial law with the intent to create a “New Society” at the expense of our freedom and democracy.
Years before Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr. was assassinated upon his return from exile in the US, I can still remember the day that I met him in person at the Silliman Convocation one summer eons of years ago when he was invited together with Senator Salvador Laurel to be the guest speaker at that convocation. When they arrived at the school convocation hall, and greeted the students at the hall’s entrance, I made sure that I’d get in the lineup of students to be able to shake his hands and welcome him to our university.
I even had the chance to converse with him in his native dialect, ‘Kapampangan’ which I can speak fluently since it is my parent’s mother tongue that I’ve learned from them. I wished him the best and hopeful that he will be our next president-elect. He was so delighted when I talked to him and was surprised to find someone who can speak his native dialect in the midst of all these Bisayan students. It was a moment that’s forever etched in my mind meeting such an admired senator who would one day be our country’s president I had hoped. When I left the lineup to join the others to the convocation hall, they were so amazed at the senator’s reaction to our short talk and they really thought that I knew him personally. I only met him at that convocation for the first time and sadly also for the last time. As a young student activist, I was ready to support his presidential aspirations and stand by his side and fight for our freedom and democracy if I had to go as far as that in order for him to win the next election which he never had the chance to do so.
When President Corazon Aquino’s state funeral was broadcast live on TV years ago, and I saw it on the Breaking News Channel; that was the perfect tribute to a great Philippine President who took the reigns of the country crushed by a dictator. I am so proud of this first lady president who made this nation great again and made an indelible mark in the pages of our Philippine history and one that we will never learn to forget ’til the end of time. The whole nation mourned at her state funeral and those who were able to pay their respect to this great president are so blessed and proud to be a part of this historical event. May she rest in eternal peace. We will never forget the greatest service she had done to make our beloved country free again. Farewell to a Great President!