US-based EDSA players recall stateside anti-Marcos efforts

NEW YORK CITY – They were thousands of miles away from EDSA when the People Power Revolution took place in the Philippines in 1986 but the anti-Marcos activists in New York helped lay the groundwork for America to turn its back on the Marcoses.

From protesting on the streets of 5th Avenue to taking a bus to Washington, DC to talking to US politicians and lawmakers, they had one goal in mind: Convince US politicians to cut their ties with the Marcoses and recognize a new democratic leader in the Philippines.

“Like Ted Kennedy, Senator Humphrey, Richard Lugar, Chuck Schumer, we did play a part in finally the United States ending their relationship with Marcos – realizing that he was no longer popular for the majority,” Jane Orendain said.

Lourdes Avelino said, “It brought back freedom and democracy in the Philippines. I was hoping, I was just hoping that bigger changes would have occurred about our politics as today. Did anything change really?”

Avelino says freedom and democracy may have been restored for 29 years now. But she says corruption is still pervasive in the Philippines.

“It is ingrained, precisely so there’s something in our educational system that’s one, and there’s something within the psyche of the Filipino. If somebody does wrong, a friend, we cannot chastise the person so we hang around with the corrupt,” Avelino said. “Buddy-buddy ang lahat, eh. So why not steal? It’s fun.”

During the 29th anniversary celebration of the EDSA Revolution, just weeks after the Mamasapano incident that left 44 SAF soldiers dead, President Noynoy Aquino said peace should prevail over anger and emotion, amid calls for his resignation and thoughts of another people power revolution.

Aaleli Alvarez said, “We had had several EDSA’s right after the real EDSA. But where are we? We just got out presidents but we did not substitute it. What was the substitute? That question should be raised.”

Political scientist Ramon Mappala said, “Aquino is just part of the problem. It’s society, the government system, even alisin natin si Pnoy. Ganun pa rin, eh.”

“I don’t know that what’s going on now has as much impact as what Marcos was doing during his times,” said Orendain. “I don’t think so. It’s a different kind of situation. It’s a different kind of problem. People are sort of burnt out.”

“Instead of clamoring for another revolution, parang if you go for another revolution you’re starting from ground zero all over again,” grandson of ex-President Fidel Ramos Patrick Jalasco said. “We already have a lot of achievements, despite a lot of corruption and problems. Why don’t we just build on that?”

While they believe another revolution against the Philippine government is not the answer, these Fil-Am activists say kababayans should remain vigilant and rally for the betterment of their homeland — no matter where they are in the world.

You may contact Don Tagala at don_tagala@abs-cbn.com for more information.

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  • Generoso Magaoay
    26 February 2015 at 9:39 pm - Reply

    “Like Ted Kennedy, Senator Humphrey, Richard Lugar, Chuck Schumer, we did play a part in finally the United States ending their relationship with Marcos – realizing that he was no longer popular for the majority,” Jane Orendain said. This is a classic self-righteous opinion that nullifies or voids everything is this article. The above political figures did not end their relationship with Marcos. To save the Marcoses from traitors like Ramos, Enrile, Honasan, the corrupted AFP officers who does not know about military duties and responsibilities, the U.S. used a C-9 and C141 planes to get the Marcoses to safety in Guam, later to Hawaii.

    Avelino says freedom and democracy may have been restored for 29 years now. But she says corruption is still pervasive in the Philippines. So EDSA supposedly won and that the Marcoses were rescued to Guam/Hawaii, how is it that corruption still exist? It is safe to say the real corrupt people were still in the Philippines such as Ramos, Enrile, Honasan, etc. Have you seen Honasan trying to influence the outcome of the Voice of the Philippines competition.

  • Mario
    3 March 2015 at 12:17 am - Reply

    From Kuwaiti’s Newspaper, that Obama threatened to shot down Israeli Air force jets if they took Iran nuclear plant on 11/2014. The architect was Zbigniew Brzezinski from One world Government. On CNN during the Egypt revolution, Brzezinski said “It took us 10 days to bring down Marcos and Mubarak will fall in 20 days. Now you know who is behind and financed the EDSA revolution.

    • Generoso Magaoay
      3 March 2015 at 5:46 pm - Reply

      As a student (MED-UP) during the EDSA revolution, there we so many unknown outsiders passing down all sorts of support to the “Yellow” team of the Aquinos… These includes barbecuing, cooking kare-kare, lechon, sisig, bulalo, dinuguan, adobo, etc. behind the scenes while thousands of people that does not necessarily like the Aquinos would participate in never ending protest. These Filipinos during those times do not necessarily understand what EDSA revolution is all about. Food were abundant in the vicinity as long as they participated in the protest/riots.
      If you agree with Zbigniew Brzezinski (Demoncrat and a product of Carter and Johnson era) self-centered or self-righteous and narrow analysis, you were misinformed. Marcos was rescued from the divided-egotistical-selfish-insidious AFP members like Honasan, Enrile, Ramos and their followers…don’t forget their hidden agenda. Although Ramos did not much for the government, he just like to criticize today’s government for the things he couldn’t do himself either? Enrile, he can’t bitch about anything except to create some scheme to get out of prison. Honasan just like Trillanes, act like they can change anything but it all amounts to lip-service…probably whispering “kudeta” to the horses ears…

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