Why did EDSA fail? PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 March 2016 13:49



LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… But be sure to fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you…” (1 Samuel 12:24, the Holy Bible).

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BISHOP’S HOMILY: REVOLUTION OF THE HEART MORE IMPORTANT: The implications for the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution are simply staggering, if we will only try to “look through” more carefully on what Catholic Bishop Teodoro Bacani Jr. of Novaliches, Quezon City said in his homily celebrating the EDSA event last February 25, 2016 at the EDSA Shrine in Mandaluyong City.

Bacani was quoted as saying that the most important revolution of all is not really a revolution of the people asserting their power, which means to say the EDSA People Power Revolution was in reality an irrelevance to Filipinos wanting real change, but a revolution that leads to a conversion of the heart of an individual.

“The most important revolution is (the) revolution of the heart, (or the revolution of) conversion,” Bacani was also reported to have preached, in the presence of high government officials belonging to the Cabinet of President Benigno Aquino III. The prelate further urged that Filipinos must obey God, and not men, and that we must help each other not only with the work of our hands but with hearts that have Jesus.

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WHAT BISHOP’S HOMILY ON EDSA REALLY MEANT: That was a mouthful, if you ask me. Why would Bacani, a respected leader of the Philippine Roman Catholic Church, be advocating for a “revolution of the heart” at a time when “people power revolution”—or the ouster of the country’s president through a supposedly bloodless uprising of the people—was being extolled in its 30th year?

It could only mean one thing: that as far as Bacani and his Church were concerned, the so-called “people power revolution” that took place in EDSA in 1986 was not the kind of revolution that the country and its people needed at that time as it did not, in fact, improve their lives. Yes, EDSA may have ushered in a change in leadership alright, but a change in the heart, in the attitude and behavior of many Filipinos, did not take place.

Many Filipinos, leaders and ordinary citizens alike, remained corrupt and concerned only about their personal and family interests, and in the furtherance of their financial fortunes which suffered greatly during the 20-year reign of Ferdinand Marcos. Democracy and economic prosperity continued to be enjoyed only by the rich and the mighty after EDSA 1986, while our countrymen remain shackled in poverty and want.

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WHY DID EDSA FAIL? There did not come about a change in the mindset of Filipino politicians, oligarchs, and social warlords towards the great number of ordinary Filipinos who continued unable to make both ends meet with the meager incomes being earned by them. There was not even a mere attempt at improving the lives of the poor, who suffered all the more.

All of these showed the failure of EDSA to change the system of governance which the Cory Aquino presidency inherited from the Marcos regime. As we have pointed out in earlier items in this column, the Cory Aquino presidency was itself enmeshed with accusations of gargantuan corruption, many of which were reported to have been committed early on in her term.

Why did EDSA fail? Bishop Bacani’s implied answer was right—there was no revolution of the heart principally of EDSA leaders, which trickled down in torrents towards a great number of Filipinos who got disillusioned in knowing that throwing out the Marcoses from power did not enable them to live new lives, as promised by Cory and her allies when they grabbed power.

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