Posted: September 21, 2017 in Random

President Duterte Released Memorandum Circular No. 26, declaring the date September 21st as a National Day of Protest.





Before the Duterte Administration, the date was commemorated as the anniversary of Proclamation No 1081, which placed the entire Philippines under Martial Law under the Marcos Regime.


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The very same room and the very same table and chair where former President Ferdinand Marcos signed Proclamation No. 1081

But what is the significance of having the declaration of the National Day of Protest? Aside from the Mayo Uno for the labor force, September 21st will be the date when people can air their grievances against the current administration. But then again, it can also be a protest about anything under the sun. Oh wait, there is still February 26, the commemoration of the first EDSA Revolution. πŸ™‚

In my lifetime, I have so far lived and survived after three EDSA Revolutions. Each one of their distinct flavor and character. Each one of their distinct outcome. But all share the same purpose.

My professor in PolSci said, In order to overthrow a government via a coup plot, the party/ies who are going to execute the plan, before and during their execution, should secure the full support from the following:

*The masses
*International Community
*Church (more specifically the Catholic)

The EDSA 1 (February 22–25 1986) revolution was successful because it had the full support of all mentioned.

The First Quarter StormΒ in the 70s, is said to have been the origin of these mass actions. But it was the peaceful revolution that became the most notable event in the modern history of the Philippine government. The most successful coup plot for those who opposed it.

You can read more about the People Power Revolution here.

What can be seen here is the convergence of the elements of a successful overthrow of the government – the military, the masses, the nuns representing the Catholic Church, and the media, represented by this photo. Photos via DZRH.com

However, the successive coup d’etat attempts against Cory Aquino’s administration did not prosper because the military used force against the perpetrators.




EDSA Dos (January 17–20 2001) happened because the overthrowing party was able to manipulate the situation. From the whistleblower Singson’s revelation of the Jueteng Payola scam, they were able to make a bad image of Estrada, despite him winning via a landslide.

A portion of the crowd in EDSA Dos


A bird’s eye view of EDSA Dos

EDSA 3 (May 1 2001) was not successful. But for me, it was a genuine people’s revolt, however violent it went, and regardless of the outcome.

It came from a spontaneous call from a dismayed Estrada supporter when she was candidly heard on TV during a breaking news shouting “EDSA Tayo!”. It was after what was labeled an “overkill” arrest of then President Estrada. A battalion of SWAT team swarmed his home in Polk Street, Greenhills, San Juan to help the police serve the arrest warrant. The following night, the crowd swelled in front of the EDSA Shrine. The crowd was estimated to have reached over 3 million. The crowd was so big, the de facto Arroyo government before it was legitimized had to block the buses full of supporters coming from the provinces from the north and south borders. There was news blackout from the two major news networks, GMA7 and ABS-CBN. The only brave member of the media who was able to cover was a low rated news channel, UNTV.


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The crowd during EDSA Tres

It was a seven-day protest, and ended violently when the people in EDSA marched straight to the Palace during the dawn of May 1st, only to be welcomed by military, with rubber bullets, barbed wire fences and walls which could electrocute anyone who tried to climb it. Accusations of NPA infiltrating the ranks of the marchers were called out. There were even gunshots heard in the wee hours of the morning of the march, trying to scare the people. The Philippines was placed on a State of Rebellion for seven days.

EDSA Tres ended in a violent riot.

These are as far as what I can recall, the things that happened during the past three EDSA revolution. I was 16 years old when the 2001 revolutions happened. Go and google the details if you need to have more in depth information about them. This was also the time when a kid like you gets greeted by issues of illegitimacy of the current functioning government, mudslinging of political personalities with their own versions of political scandals. It was not different from what the people are seeing now in the news.

All these were spearheaded and participated by the same political players since the 1987 revolution. The protests were supposed to serve the purpose of overthrowing the government after it had been given a bad image to make the public become infuriated. After that, they would claim “a peaceful revolution”. And then the powers get transferred to them – the “players”.

But when these same people and their newly established government are challenged the same way by the people or disgruntled members of the military forces, they resorted to using violence to fend off the threat, never giving them any chance to come up with their own people power revolution. This happened during the Arroyo administration.

And since then, the “people power” has seemed to become the political opium of the masses. And the last ditch effort of the power grabbers. It leaves a pleasant taste to the mouth, but serves the evil purpose just the same – to power grab.

But that was then.

The current Duterte Administration, still has yet to have a taste of the “People Power revolution.” One that is against the government. So far, this image shows how the crowd is showing its appreciation to the Duterte Administration:

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The view of the Quirino Grandstand ground during the Miting De Avance of the Presidential Candidate Rodrigo Roa Duterte in Luneta. It was described to be one of the biggest crowd gathering in the recent years next to Pope Francis’ visit in 2015

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The happy and pretty faces of Duterte’s supporters during the Miting de Avance

To end this article, I leave you Dong Abay’s “Kamusta Na”. Let this song be a constant reminder of the revolutions held in EDSA.

The numerous attempts to reset our government through EDSA revolutions are a few of the tell-tale signs that we have not yet learned our lesson. It is either that, or we just never wanted to, because of our differences in opinion. The Philippines is right now in a dichotomy of government protesters and supporters, and while we are all at it, the politicians and other political parties with their own selfish agenda will take advantage of this weakness. Until we realize that we need to set our differences aside will we be able to move on as a nation.

“Gusto kong patunayan na marunong tayong makidigma nang may kadakilaan at paninindigan. Pero dahan-dahan na akong naniniwala na baka nga tama sila, na tawagin tayong mga bata.”Gat. Apolinario Mabini








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