Text and Photos by DAVINCI S. MARU
THIRTY years after the EDSA People Power revolt of 1986, protest marches linger. The protesters hurling often sharp and bitter critique of the myriad reforms that many had expected would follow the fall of the Marcos regime, and the peaceful transition from authoritarianism to democracy.
But EDSA was all of so many things to many people, an inchoate bundle of hopes and dreams not quite easy to fulfill. The expectations were so rich and enormous that not any four-day revolt by any number of street marches could deliver all at once — not just rights restored but also lives improved, and not just repression quashed but also good governance served on a silver platter.
And so, three decades hence, the marches continue.
— PCIJ, August 2019