The 1986 EDSA “People Power” Revolution: Fake news?


When Malacanang’s assistant communications secretary Mocha Uson ran a Facebook poll on whether the 1986 EDSA “People Power” revolution that ousted a dictator was “fake news” or real — 84 percent of the 61,800 voters said the widely-celebrated peaceful revolution was a product of “fake news.”

But in a recent press briefing, Malacanang palace immediately pushed back from her poll’s result.

Philippine Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said, “According to the law, EDSA is not fake news. We honor the EDSA revolution having declared it as a public holiday. We still recognize and we will always recognize EDSA not only as an important historical event, but it was the first bloodless People Power revolution in the entire planet earth and it remains significant.”


Uson explained that she never claimed that EDSA 86 was “fake news, and that her blog only serves as a megaphone for the voiceless.”

But contrary to her claim, Uson reposted a couple of memes discrediting the nuns who stopped the tanks during the bloodless revolution as propaganda.


Netizens critical of the celebrity blogger slammed Uson’s attempt to revise history.

Palanca winning writer and Facebook user Miguel Syjuco wrote: “They’ll disingenuously pretend that it’s just a poll and it has nothing to do with historical whitewashing. Unless of course the poll says that more people believe edsa people power was fake news, in which case they’ll trumpet it as fact.”


Meanwhile in the Bay Area, these Fil-Ams say Uson’s revisionist attempt has bigger implications such as the delegitimization of activism and movements.


“These are attempts to delegitimize movement at all, in the first place, in de-legitimizing an action such as the people power, it can also cause the de-legitimization of actions of people’s movements and people’s actual calls against dictatorships, against tyranny,” says Raymond Jegillos.

“It was a mass movement of folks who are really really discontent with a dictator, a man who Ferdinand Marcos was a fascist, numerous, countless human rights violations,” said Katrina
Liwanag. “And if we are going to say that it was a hoax, how do we explain 400 political prisoners who were arrested during the martial law era.”

For some Filipinos here in the Bay Area, their biggest question is, who will benefit by these attempts to revise history?


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  • Santiago Del Mundo
    6 March 2018 at 12:38 am - Reply

    If Katrina Liwanag and Raymond Jegillos conducted real research, not listening to “Istorya De Limahong”, not copying and pasting from yellowist sources such as Business World, The Philippine Daily Inquirer or the infamous Rappler, then maybe their opinions on the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution would have been more convincing or believable at least…

    Actual calls against dictatorship, the arrest of 400 political prisoners, human rights violations, etc. are just vague (sounds like a broken record). What sources are we using? According to Tiglao (2016), the majority of sources (FLAWED) used by some amateur journalist writing against martial law human rights abuses was from “McCoy, who exaggerated and miscalculated human rights figure. Tiglao added, political prisoners claim were half-truth. Like any other “yellowist” or left-wing inspired media, the majority of political prisoner during martial law belonged to factions or actual members of the CPP-NPA or the Moro National Liberation Front or Moro International Liberation Front.

    The EDSA 1 revolution only benefited the few…the oligarchs. If you do not know who, stop right here and do your research. Probably, you have not eaten enough rice at this point in your life.

    EDSA 1 revolution was a collusion between the lying and misguided Catholic church headed by Cardinal Sin, traitors like Juan Ponce Enrile, Fidel Ramos, Reform The Armed Forces Boys, any media owned by ABS-CBN and the infamous Aquinos. Enrile, Ramos and the RAM boys abandoned their government positions and betrayed President Ferdinand Marcos. Cardinal Sin abused his position in the Catholic church. He contacted Ninoy Aquino and informed him that President Marcos was dying and that the chances of surviving was very slim. Ninoy rushed to come home but it cost him his life, in which the media immediately blamed Marcos for Ninoy’s death.

    For Cory Aquino to run as president, was she really qualified? According to Tiglao, any candidate would have established at least 10 years of residency in the Philippines. Since Tita Cory resided in the United States for a long time, she did not meet the 10 year residency requirement. But no media would dare to tell the public about that. Even Juan Ponce Enrile at a later time challenged the legitimacy of Cory Aquino’s presidency…if she was really the “duly elected president”?

    The media during the EDSA revolution! If the media was not bias, why was it that everything that was shown was against Marcos (e.g. Nuns with their arms tangled while holding to rosary and standing or kneeling down in front tanks). Little that the public know that proponents of EDSA offered food the people who lived in the squatter area in exchange for rioting at EDSA, have you ever notice the heavily packed EDSA?

    If you ask a Filipino (in the right mind) regarding the validity of the EDSA 1 revolution, in no doubt he or she will say “NO”.