33 years on, People Power revolt just a memory in Philippines

Philippine military personnel at a flag-raising ceremony to commemorate the 33rd anniversary of the People Power movement in Manila yesterday. The 1986 revolt toppled dictator Ferdinand Marcos from power, sending his family into exile in Hawaii.
Philippine military personnel at a flag-raising ceremony to commemorate the 33rd anniversary of the People Power movement in Manila yesterday. The 1986 revolt toppled dictator Ferdinand Marcos from power, sending his family into exile in Hawaii.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Thirty-three years is a long time to keep a legacy alive.

In the case of the popular "People Power" revolt in 1986 that ousted a brutal regime in the Philippines, the interlude has made it a cause for disappointment and a reminder of everything that has gone wrong in the country since then.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 26, 2019, with the headline '33 years on, People Power revolt just a memory in Philippines'. Print Edition | Subscribe