“It was like the Japanese Occupation all over again. The more atrocities Marcos committed, the more Filipinos he tortured and killed—the more joined the underground. It became a matter of honor to do something against the oppressor… Filipinos in tremendous numbers found they were not afraid to die for freedom. The country became one vast concentration camp—except where men dared to be free… Elsewhere rose a cacophony of voices, like the exhalations of a parched earth at the first patter of rain, a steady outpouring of sound that would grow to a din with the passing of the seasons. It would explode one night in an avenue named Epifanio de los Santos. The explosion would be louder than the one that brought down Plaza Miranda a decade and a half before, echoing as it would not only across the land but across the globe. It would happen one night, when the stars were bright and the world was still. A massing of nuns and whores, priests and beggars, merchants and medicine men, the sick and the whole, the sellers of the cures of the body and the sellers of cures for the soul. One peaceful night, the ax would fall with a suddenness that would surprise even those who swung it. There would be no resistance from the Palace. The vaunted armies of martial law would evaporate as fast as the vapors in the night with the coming of day…. Martial law would be over.”
- Conrado de Quiros, journalist and writer, in an excerpt in his book “Dead Aim: How Marcos Ambushed Philippine Democracy”
In celebration of the 28th anniversary of the peaceful revolution of 1986 that ended an oppressive dictatorship in the Philippines, to the shock of the entire world.
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