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Philippine History, from People Power to a Great Christian Renewal
FROM PEOPLE POWER
TO A GREAT CHRISTIAN
Sem. Jb Cabañeros
THE LONGER PRES. MARCOS
He remained in power, the more his government
expressed and impoverished the people.
While our people humbled themselves for divine
intervention, and awaiting for the wicked to stumble
in their own snares.
SNAP PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION OF
Pres. Marcos was forced to call for a special presidential
election in order to prove that he was still in control of the
He is also a superstitious man despite his intelligence,
He selected Feb. 7, 1986 as the date for the snap election,
because “7” was his lucky no.
The pro-government KBL party proclaimed
Assemblyman Arturo M. Tolentino
as their official candidates for pres. and vice-pres.
The United Nationalist Democratic Party(UNIDO) and PDP
Laban Party jointly fielded their official candidates..
Mrs. Corazon Aquino for president
Salvador Laurel for vice-p.
TAMA NA, SOBRA NA, PALITAN NA!!!
ITULOY ANG LABAN NI NINOY!!!
Marcos had many gimmicks, dirty tricks, and
unlimited funds for the election.
Cory Aquino and Do Laurel, drew larger crowds
who voluntarily went to their rallies as an
expression of popular sympathy and support.
For the first time and most historic elections in the
Phillipines history, Mrs. Cory Aquino won for the
Pres. Of the Republic.
It proved that no matter what the tactics may be devised
by wicked politicians, the will of the people could not be
frustrated, thus confirming the maxim, Vox Populi, Vox
RESULT OF THE SNAP ELECTION
As tabulated by the National Citizens Movement for Free
Elections(NAMFREL), the result of the election showed that,
despite massive cheating, intimidation and bribery by the
government, Aquino and Laurel had a margin of around
On Feb. 15,1986, the CBCP issued a pastoral letter to be read
in all Catholic churches..
declaring that the government had lost its moral basis
due to the electoral fraud and they called on the people
to protest peacefully and for the government to
make amends for the irregularities.
On Feb. 16,1986(Sunday), a huge rally attended by some
4,000,000 people at Luneta.
Mrs Aquino called for a peaceful non-violent civil disobedience
movement and she promised to rally the support of the people
to her cause throughout the country.
THE PEOPLE POWER REVOLUTION OF FEB.
The people fulfilled one of Rizal’s prophesies in his
book, El Filibusterismo,
“When a people reaches that height, God will provide a
weapon, the idols will be shattered, the tyranny will
crumble like a house of cards and liberty will shine out
like the first dawn.”
Feb. 22,1986 at 6pm of Sat.
The Revolution began as a bloodless military revolt of
reform movement in the Armed Forces of the Phil. led
by Minister Enrile and Gen. Ramos.
Immediately, priests and nuns led by Cardinal Sin
and ordinary citizens inspired by Corazon
Aquino,etc. with the merging of these 3 powers-
military, church and people power.
THE PEOPLE POWER REVOLUTION OF FEB. 1986
Morning of the ff. day, Sun., Feb. 23,1986
Thousands more came and reinforced the human barricade around
the 2 camps (Aguinalo and Crame). By nightfall, the situation became
critical, as Marcos loyalists troops under the command of Gen. Fabian
Ver prepared to attack.
At about 8pm at EDSA, the attacking forces riding in armore
tanks and carriers under the command of Brig. Gen. Artemio
After he saw the astonishing scene, Gen. Tadiar ordered a
During the next 2 days, Feb. 24, 25,1986,
The confidence of the people soared because the tide turned in their
favor. Some 85% of the Armed Forces of the Phil., including the Air
Force, defected to the side of Gen. Ramos and Min. Enrile
THE PEOPLE POWER REVOLUTION OF FEB.
Acc. To Fr. Francisco Araneta,
The events in February were not only people
power but also “God power” at work.
Pres. Marcos was doomed. On the night of
Tuesday, Feb. 25,1986, he and his family, and
some friends including Gen. Ver, fled Malacañang
palace and were taken by the US Air Force to
Guam and then to Hawaii.
It was OVER…THE PEOPLE HAD WON!!!
People everywhere knelt to praise and thank the
Lord for such a powerful demonstration of His
CORAZON AQUINO, FIRST LADY, PRES. OF
On the morning of Tuesday, Feb. 25,1986,
The last day of the people’s revolution, Corazon Aquino
was inducted into office at Club Filipino as the first lady
Pres. Of the Philippines. At the same time, Salvador H.
Laurel took his oath of office as V-Pres.
RESTORATION OF DEMOCRACY IN THE
Pres. Aquino formed a small Cabinet of 14 ministers, ordered
the release of all political prisoners and restored the writ
habeas corpus in Region IX and XII in Mindanao.
She threw open the doors of Malacañang Palace to the public,
while she herself preferred to work in the small Guest House.
Thousands of People who visited the Palace were shocked at
how Marcos and his family had lived in their luxury.
They also saw the examples of the former First Lady, Imelda
Marcos, extravagant lifestyle.
Her 3000 pairs of shoes
More then 1000 gowns
Hundreds of perfume bottles and bars of soap
Her oversized bed, more luxurious than that of Queen Marie
Antoniette at the Versailles in France.
RESTORATION OF DEMOCRACY IN THE
Acc. To US Congress investigators, ex Pres.
Marcos and family had stolen money from the
Philippines amounting to billions of dollars.
TRANSITORY GOVERNMENT AND PROVISIONAL
Aquino government was only transitory.
Some called it a “revolutionary government”
because it was born during the people’s revolution.
In substance, it was a democratic government, for it
was based on the people’s sovereign will and
guaranteed human rights of the people.
THE CONSTITUTIONAL COMMISSION (CON-
On June 2,1986, she appointed an independent
All the 48 members of the Con-Com was appointed
by the President.
The older member was former Chief Justice
Roberto Concepcion, 84, and the youngest was
Jose (Chito) Gascon, 22,a student leader.
THE NEW CONSTITUTION
On Feb. 2,1987
The people went to the polls and ratified the 1986 Constitution in a
It was the most peaceful and honest poll in years.
Among the salient features of the 1986 Constitution are the ff.
1. A new Bill of Rights which bans abortion, death penalty and use of
2. The creation of a permanent Commission on Human Rights.
3. The establishment of a presidential system of government.
4. To guard against political dynasties…
5. The President’s right to declare martial law..
6. The establishment of a bicameral Congress elected by the people..
7. Provision is made for laws, constitutional amendments, and impeachment
8. Provision is made for the creation of autonomous regions..
9. Provision is made for free education up to high school level…
10. The government’s right to incur new loans is subject to freedom of
information & limitations by Congress and the monetary board.
THE NEW CONSTITUTION
On May 11, 1987, new senators and congressmen
The officers of the New Congress were:
Senate President: Jovito Salonga
Speaker of the House of Rep.: Ramon Mitra
On January 18, 1988-
The people voted for new governors, mayors and
On March 28,1989
New Brgy. Officials were also elected in separate polls.
ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE AQUINO
1. The restoration of peace, democracy, freedom and justice in
2. Partial recovery of big sums of money stolen during the
3. Stability of the government was proven.
4. Easier credit terms and better conditions for repayment of
the huge foreign debt of the Philippine, amounting to over
5. The defeat of the communists.
6. Passage of the best agrarian reform law in the Philippines.
7. Improvement of the Phil. Image both at home and abroad.
8. Mobilization of national and international aid for victims of
the various natural calamities which hit the Phil., especially
END OF THE AQUINO ERA
On May 11,1992-
The Philippines held its general elections under the
There were so many candidates and political parties
who campaigned for the government positions.
Some 80,000 candidates ran for the 17,000 posts form
the presidency down to municipal councillors.
From May 1 until the proclamation of the winners, the
COMELEC Chairman, Christian Monsod, practically
became the most powerful man in the country, even
more powerful than the president.
Pres. Aquino added another achievement to her term of
office: She left the office of the presidency in a peaceful
and graceful way, and obeyed the constitution by not
running for presdent again.
THE RESULTS OF THE ELECTIONS
For the President: Fidel Valdez Ramos.
For the V- President: Joseph Estrada
1992 elections also installed into office:
200 representatives in the lower house of Congress
Provincial board councilors
In 71 provinces, 61 cities and 1,501 towns all over the
INAUGURATION OF THE FIRST PROTESTANT
On June 30,1992, at the historic Freedom Grandstand in
the Luneta, Manila Fidel Valdez Ramos, 64 years old,
was inaugurated as the twelfth president of the
Philippines in colourful ceremonies attended by many
foreign dignitaries and thousands of people.
President Ramos thus became the first Protestant to
became the president of this predominantly Catholic
Country. But in his inaugural speech, he declared,
“I see myself not as the first Protestant to become
president, but as the twelfth President who happens to be
Protestant-and who must be a president of Muslims,
Christians and people of all faiths who constitute our
Estrada was also sworn in as the new Vice-President
A GREAT CHRISTIAN REVIVAL IN THE
As the second millennium after Christ comes to an end, we
find the Philippines at an historic turning point. For the first time,
the lord has praised a leader for this country who comes from a
biblical Christian background.
Secondly, a strong Christian revival has swept throughout
the length and breadth of this archipelago, especially after the
natural calamities and power brown-outs in 1991-1993, By the
year 1993 some ten million people had accepted Jesus as their
Lord and Saviour and made a commitment to follow God’s word
and proclaim the gospel.
The Christian Revival turned movie houses, disco bars, factories,
offices and garages into churches, Bible Colleges, and Christian
Many Filipinos in all walks of life-rich or poor, young or old,
city dweller or country folk- have a great hunger for the word of
God and a need to attend Bible studies, discipleships, Christian
Schools, and Sunday schools. Even Filipinos Overseas have
organized Bible study groups among their overseas workers
A GREAT CHRISTIAN REVIVAL IN THE PHILIPPINES
No other nation in the world at this
time can fill this role better than
the Philippines. So if the Filipinos
do their part in taking the Gospel
of the leadership of Jesus Christ
to the other parts of the world, this
will fulfil our destiny as the “light of