EDSA Revolution Essay

The 1986 EDSA Revolution was the first non-violence revolution in history. Instead of holding armors ad guns, the people with the members of the Catholic Church used rosaries, flowers and their own bodies to prevent the tanks and firearms of the soldiers who were then still under the control of then President Ferdinand Marcos but later turned their backs on the President. They joined the protesters and denounced the President and pushed for his surrender of power.

The said revolution is about the reality that people does not always have to resort to physical and violent means in order to achieve something that is good for the sake of the nation. It means that through peace, the people could unite and change the country for the good. Then Defense Minister and now Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, after receiving word that members of the opposition would be mass arrested, gathered 400 men at Camp Aguinaldo. Later, they were joined by Armed Forces Chief of Staff, who later became a Philippines President, Fidel V. Ramos and, in a joint press conference, they confirm that the last elections was marred by a massive cheating. They also announced that the real winner of the Presidency was opposition standard bearer and the widow of Benigno Aquino Jr. , Corazon Cojuangco-Aquino. Then, there was an exchange of words from Enrile, whose statement was aired through Radio Veritas, and Marcos, who had his own press conference in the Malacanang Palace and aired his words through the three Television Networks which were then under the control of the President.

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Even though the transmission tower of Radio Veritas was bombed at noon of the second day of the protest, the people did not retaliate with violence. Later, Veritas was still able to operate through its back up transmission power. But when the back up equipments broke, DXRJ, which later was renamed as DZBB, continued to update the people with the events in EDSA. Their operation center was kept hidden so as not to experience the same fate as the Veritas.

Later, Marcos finally gave up after receiving word from United States Senator Paul Laxalt to “cut and cut clean”. He left the country peacefully after asking Enrile for a safe flight out of the country. As for the country, the EDSA Revolution should always be remembered and its lesson should not be forgotten. It is a big challenge, however, for those who actually witnessed and participated in the historical event to tell the story to the younger people and make them understand the importance of it.

Their different way of life is a big hindrance but it should be overcome should the memory of EDSA be remembered and never to be forgotten. It is peace that made the EDSA Revolution peaceful. In a same event, the people were able to force former president Joseph Ejercito Estrada to step down in 2001. It is a proof that the EDSA Revolution of 1986 was not a fluke and that peace could bring real change in the country.