Flowers for fighting men

The non-violent People Power Revolution in February 1986 was a turning point in the history of the Philippines and marked the end of the bloody 20-year rule of dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

Yesterday, Filipinos turned out in force to mark the 30th anniversary of the revolution, with people giving flowers to soldiers on board an armoured vehicle at the People Power Monument in Quezon City, Metro Manila.

Led by Mrs Cory Aquino, the wife of the popular opposition leader Benigno Aquino - assassinated in 1983 - the peaceful mass protests lasted about four days.

Their son is Philippine President Benigno Aquino.

Marcos went into exile to Hawaii, where he died in 1989, and the revolution helped to usher in a new era of democratic rule in the Philippines.

Marcos and his family are said to have amassed an estimated US$10 billion during the strongman's rule.

His wife, Mrs Imelda Marcos, moved back to the Philippines and was elected as a congresswoman in 1995 despite facing corruption charges.

Mrs Marcos, now 86, who is known for her collection of shoes, was re-elected in 2010 and 2013.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 26, 2016, with the headline 'Flowers for fighting men'. Print Edition | Subscribe