Why EDSA People Power did not represent the nation

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Three main reasons why the 1986 EDSA People Power revolution did not represent the entire country

1. Resurgence of Marcos loyalists

An estimated 2 million Filipinos in Quezon City, Ortigas, Baguio, Ilo-Ilo, Davao, and Cebu, joined the People Power in 1986. The population of Filipinos then was 55 million. Even if we triple the number of those who wanted Marcos out, it still will not represent the entire nation.

After two generations, “Marcos loyalists” have grown in numbers instead of dissipating. The voter demographic of Marcos Jr. included those born during martial law as well those who lived to tell the Marcos years.

During the 2022 election, militant Robredo supporters were all over social media, criticizing Marcos supporters for their “ignorance” and “blindness.”

Perhaps, the greatest fear of Robredo supporters is that if BBM wins—it proves EDSA People Power never represented the nation, but only the elitists.” As it turned out, BB Marcos did win a landslide victory.

WHY FILIPINOS WANTED MARCOS BACK.

2. EDSA People Power was one color—not one nation

In 2022, only 4,000 people convened at EDSA Shrine to commemorate the 36th People Power. Bong Bong Marcos filed his candidacy in October 2021. The threat of a Marcos return would have triggered massive support for “EDSA 36,” but it did not.

EDSA forces are good; Marcos is bad

Filipinos have begun to think that the story of the EDSA protest is “unreasonable,” said historian Lisandro Claudio in an ABS-CBN article. For decades, the “Yellow Revolution’ has depicted EDSA forces as “good” and Marcos as “bad.”

One of the reasons why they think we are so unreasonable is because we never give Marcos credit.,” said Lisandro Claudio, who supported Robredo.

It has been exclusionary and elitist. The poor were not there, or if they were there, they were betrayed shortly after,” he added.

The people power movement has been an Imperial Manila phenomenon. Their (the elites’) playing field is Edsa.” Journalist Armando Doronilla said in 1986.

WHY PEOPLE POWER FAILED.

3. Robredo’s ‘new People Power’ vs. ‘Solid BBM’

BBM/Duterte rallies were to contend with, but Robredo/Pangilinan’s PasigLaban on March 20, 2022, was impressive. A sea of pink with smartphones lit Ortigas Center’s Emerald Avenue and adjoining streets.

The rally was an estimated 137,000 people, according to the Pasig City police. The anti-Marcos rally in 1986 was at least a million. The PasigLaban may be reminiscent of People Power, but the numbers are still too small to compare to EDSA 86.

Marcos Jr. had a similar number in vote-rich Cavite with about 140,000 supporters. On the other hand, Robredo had 50,000 supporters who attended her campaign.

Still, Robredo is a favorite among business groups, universities, and religious groups like Christ Commission Fellowship (CCF), whose church leaders openly supported her.

EDSA 36 did not draw much crowd signaling the end of the Yellow Movement. Instead, Pink became the new yellow.

Pink is the new yellow

Clearly, not everyone is a fan of the color yellow. Not even Leni Robredo, the opposition’s best bet, wanted to be identified with it. She dropped yellow for pink.

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