Tomorrow, it will be February 25, the 22th anniversary of the People Power Revolution or the EDSA revolution that happened on February 25, 1986.
EDSA I (Edsa 1) – Marcos Out, Cory In
The first EDSA Revolution happened on February 25, 1986 where Ferdinand Marcos was the president of the Philippines. After Ninoy Aquino was assasinated on his return to the Philippines, people gathered on the EDSA Shrine asking Marcos to step down. This event became famous all over the world because it was a bloodless revolution. The people who went to EDSA were composed of students, priests, nuns, and all other kinds of civilians. The military can’t do anything but stand still because they are up against unarmed civilians. The revolution ended when Marcos fled to Hawaii and Cory Aquino became the president of the Philippines.
EDSA II (Edsa 2) – Erap Out, Gloria In
It all started when Chavit Singson revealed to the people of the Philippines the massive amount of money Erap gets from jueting. After that, everyone who wanted some attention called for Erap to resign. Another factor that drove the people to go to EDSA is the results of senate’s voting on the “envelope”. The envelope was said to contain the evidences of Eraps corruption. However, the pro Erap senators defeated the anti erap senators to a vote of 11-10. Then it started, people started to gather in EDSA. This revolution lasted for four days and ERAP was forced to step down. As the vice president of the Philippines, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo assumed her new role as the president of the Philippines.
EDSA III (Edsa 3?) – Gloria maintains her throne
I’m not sure if this can be considered an EDSA revolution. This happened just four months after EDSA 2 and was made of the uber loyal supporters of ERAP. These new crowd were more violent than the crowds of the previous revolutions and they failed miserably in their attempt to overthrow Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
Other EDSA events
What I don’t like everytime February 25 comes is people go to EDSA to protest. They are ruining the real spirit of the first EDSA revolution. As of now, EDSA is just a place where they can protest like hell.
So my question for now, will there be another EDSA revolution this 2008? Now that Lozada has become the second Chavit Singson, will GMA follow Eraps footsteps? What will the world think of the celebration of EDSA revolution now?