Hidden facts about EDSA 1 exposed

Published March 5, 2019, 12:23 AM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza & Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat




Floro L. Mercene
Floro L. Mercene

Enrile asked the late Cardinal Sin to encourage supporters to form a human shield around Camp Crame.

Tiglao offers a thought-provoking question: “Was it truly a case of People Power then, or simply People Fodder?”

Second, given that only a small faction of the Armed Forces supported the coup, who then should we credit for the peaceful revolution?

For Tiglao, it was clear: it was Marcos who gave the categorical order not to hurt the EDSA protesters. “Disperse the crowds, but do not shoot them,” Marcos said.

Third, Marcos asked Washington to bring him and his family to Laoag City – a detail that has been turned into a joke, a meme today — that the late strongman wanted to go to Paoay but was airlifted to Hawaii.

Fourth, Tiglao noted that under the 1935 and 1973 Constitution, Aquino was not qualified to run for president in the snap elections. Both constitutions specified that a president must be a “resident of the Philippines for at least 10 years immediately preceding the election.”

Aquino, however, had left the Philippines in 1980 to live in Boston with the late Senator Benigno Aquino Jr.

Marcos, for all his brilliance, did not raise this legal objection to Aquino’s presidential bid, perhaps, Tiglao said, because Marcos was confident that she could not possibly win the snap polls.

The Commission on Elections called the vote in Marcos’ favor with at least 1.5 million votes. The partial unofficial tally of the National Citizen’s Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel), had Aquino winning by half a million votes.

Lastly, Tiglao notes that Aquino’s electoral campaign in 1986 was part of a well-funded public relations job by the American political strategist firm Sawyer Miller. This, he said, was confirmed by US documents that Sawyer Miller submitted in compliance with the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

Citing the 2008 book “Alpha Dogs: The Americans Who Turned Political Spin into a Global Business” of James Harding, Tiglao affirmed that Sawyer Miller’s Manila point man Malloch Brown steered Aquino’s campaign with the single message – that Marcos is corrupt and a dictator.

Three decades later, the same strategic message still defines and divides the campaign against the Marcoses.