MANILA — The country is commemorating this week the 24th anniversary of Edsa People Power 1. Some would not bother celebrating the event because they feel that the country is no better off now.

In 1986, we ousted the Marcos dictatorship but we now have an upstart dictator who is moving heaven and earth to keep herself in power beyond May 2010. We fought against the rampant “salvagings” (a euphemism for extrajudicial killings then), torture, arbitrary arrest and detention, and enforced disappearances, and yet these are still being committed with impunity today. Continue reading

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