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5 facts about EDSA I we didn't know at the time, hidden from us for decades

According to an article wrote by veteran journalist Rigoberto Tiglao, there are 5 facts about the first EDSA People Power revolution that was never revealed to the public because of the ”fog of war” which basically says that how the history is told is from the perspective of the “victors”.
Former President Fidel V. Ramos and Former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile / Photo from Positively Filipino

FIRST:

The first fact stated in the article is that Former president Corazon “Cory” Aquino had very little to do with the revolution. It states that it was Juan Ponce Enrile, who was late president Ferdinand Marcos’ legal and military adviser, who was responsible for the revolution. Enrile lead a failed coup d’ etat against the Marcos administration in order to protect himself and the Reform the Armed Forces Movement.

Enrile’s men planned their attack for months only to be uncovered by then Trade Minister Roberto Ongpin. When Enrile heard the news of their reveal, he decided to call on his contacts, foreign correspondents from the US Central Intelligence Agency in order to cover his “last stand” in Camp Crame.

When it happened, Vice Chief of Staff and PC Commander Fidel Ramos joined him in his cause.

SECOND:

The second fact according to the article was that only a small fraction of the military supported the mutineers. According to the article, the RAM consist mostly of the colonels who were under Enrile during his time as defense minister. The Philippine Constabulary was divided in its loyalties.
Marcos’ defense minister Enrile: A botched coup by his RAM colonels led to EDSA I.


The Marcos military only followed the order of Marcos which was :Disperse the crowds but do not shoot them.

THIRD:

Marcos had negotiated with the US to evacuate him and his family by helicopter from Malacañang to Laoag City, the capital of his home province of Ilocos Norte. We'll never know what Marcos - who even his archenemies concede was a brilliant strategist - intended to do in the North: To rally his army to defend him and re-take Malacañang, or to negotiate a peaceful retirement?



The Yellow propaganda of course made a joke out of it, that Marcos thought he was going to Paoay, but was instead brought to Hawaii. That joke made most Filipinos conclude that Marcos fled in fear of his and his family's life to the US. Paoay though is a fourth-class municipality that didn't have any emotional links to Marcos, who was born in Sarrat.

The truth is that testimonies in hearings in the US Congress - which investigated what funds were used for the Marcos operation - incontrovertibly show that the US military had orders to take Marcos and his party to Laoag. The helicopters, however, decided to land at Clark airbase, as it had become dangerous to fly to Laoag City since they had arrived right after dawn, and the airport there didn't have runway lights. However, the US military received a request from Cory Aquino for Marcos to be evacuated to Hawaii, which it immediately did, after clearance from the White House itself.



FOURTH:

The fourth fact is that Aquino was not qualified to run for president under the 1935 and 1973 versions of the constitution. 

It is said in both consitutions that the president must have resided in the Philippines for a minimum of 10 years. Unfortunately, Aquino lived in Boston in 1980.

In the snap elections, the Comelec count had Marcos winning by a margin of 1.5 million votes. But because Aquino imposed a revolutionary government after Marcos fell, the votes became irrelevant.

FIFTH:

The fifth fact is that Sawyer Miller, an American public relations and political strategist firm, helped transform Aquino from a “bland widow to a fiery candidate”.

This is confirmed by US documents that Sawyer Miller submitted in compliance with the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

It is said that Miler coached Aquino, and British citizen Malloch Brown wrote most of her speeches.  It was Brown who came up with the popular bumper sticker of Marcos is corrupt. Marcos is a dictator that people repeat today.

The blog also said that Brown tried to intervene again in the Philippine history. 

He became in 2014 chairman of Smartmatic, the Venezuelan company that provided the vote-counting machines for the computerization of the 2016 presidential elections. Brown reportedly was in Manila in 2015 and allegedly persuaded Comelec chairman Andres Bautista to purchase Smartmatic’s vote-counting machines for the 2016 elections.

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Source: Manila Times

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