Today, February 25, we are commemorating the 25th anniversary of the People Power Revolution. Here are memories of the four days in February 1986, Feb. 22-25, when a large mass of Filipinos assembled along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA). Heeding the call of then Archbishop of Manila Jaime L. Cardinal Sin and Corazon Cojuangco Aquino, people from the metropolitan area and from nearby provinces started gathering at EDSA.
People wanted a new government. They wanted to stop the Marcos regime. In short, the Filipinos wanted freedom. Though the threat to the lives of the protesters was real, the mood at EDSA was one of firm defiance. But the defiant stance did not translate to any violent action. Instead of guns or any other weapons, the massive crowd at EDSA faced the soldiers and police with flowers, food and prayers.
View the pictures here. You will notice pictures from EDSA II also, which was inspired by EDSA I. As for EDSA II, this happened January 17-20, 2001, wherein Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo took her oath of office in the presence of the countless people in EDSA on the fourth day and became the 14th President of the Republic of the Philippines. She replaced the ousted president Joseph Ejercito Estrada, who was first accused by Chavit Singson as lord of all jueteng lords' on October 16, 2000. On November 13, 2000, the House of Representatives filed an impeachment case against then president Estrada on the grounds of bribery, graft and corruption, betrayal of public trust, and culpable violation of the Constitution.