Worse, a significant number of young people have been hoodwinked into believing that the US-backed Marcos dictatorship was a kind of benevolent strongman rule that the present crisis-ridden Philippine society sorely needs to set things aright. It has been said that Marcos’ imposition of martial law signified the inability of the ruling elite to rule…
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Marking the 30th year since the toppling of dictator Ferdinand Marcos, progressives say elite rule still governs the country and the Filipino people’s fight for genuine change continues.
“What was restored 30 years ago and continues to this day are only the trappings of elite democracy – periodic elections, Congress and a Constitution that guarantees civil liberties. The people demand more than that. They demand genuine freedom and democracy that goes beyond the mere holding of elections.”
In the 70s and 80s, the “preferential option for the poor, the deprived and the oppressed” was the calling for church people.
Twenty seven years ago on January 22, 1987, 10,000-15,000 marching farmworkers of Hacienda Luisita and land reform advocates were met with bullets as they bravely wagered for land, labor, and life. This fatal encounter, now known as the Mendiola Massacre, between farmworkers and the state is a scandalous event that instantly killed 13 protesters, the same event that made a premature break with the new regime’s professed democratic restoration after the dark years of Martial Law.
So who are the real heroes of Edsa? The workers, the urban poor, the farmers, the members of the basic sectors who flooded the streets in the waning days of the Marcos dictatorship and demanded that Marcos step down.
Today, Feb. 7, Bulatlat marks its 10th anniversary. While we have every reason to celebrate this occasion, it is important to point out that the conditions that we set out to chronicle a decade ago that were, in fact, our raison d’être — economic backwardness, human-rights abuses, landlessness, political persecution, corruption, to name a few — still persist. That said, here’s to the next 10 years — and beyond!
Imagine the quandary he’s in: His own mother was catapulted to the presidency via Edsa 1, the culmination of two decades of struggle of the Filipino people against the abuses of the Marcos dictatorship. He should at the least salute the Egyptian people for their courage and unity in fighting the Mubarak dictatorship.
The ruling elite and one segment of the middle class would want to make the people believe that one person could fulfill the unfinished tasks of Edsa 1 to lull the Filipino masses into complacency and dependence. In fact, they do not want another people power uprising to take place, reasoning that it would shake the political order. And that is where the problem lies.
Seven out of ten Filipinos want Mrs. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo out of Malacañang, a survey showed. A survey by independent think-tank IBON Foundation revealed that 66.7 percent of respondents believe that Arroyo should be removed as president. Yesterday, Arroyo said that the “world would not forgive another People Power.” Today is the 23rd anniversary of the…
It must be stated forthrightly that what is truly needed is to change the entire unsound system of politics in this country and much of the inequitable socio-economic set-up that goes with it. To accomplish this, it is not enough to remove a corrupt, immoral and despotic leader; the problems of Philippine society are more…