On the People Power Revolution Anniversary By UP SESC | February 25, 2018
32 years after the People Power Revolution, the UP School of Economics Student Council remembers the Marcos Dictatorship's atrocities and the power of the Filipino people to effect social change.
The country witnessed thousands of human rights violations and extra-judicial killings. Numerous attacks on democratic institutions such as the Congress, the Supreme Court, and the free press also took place. An economic crisis that has continued to burden the country unfolded. Amidst all these and more injustices, the youth, the masses, and the rest of the Filipino people manifested their dissent and outrage against the dictatorship by marching into the streets and standing for justice and democracy.
Today, as we remember the People Power Revolution, we also voice out our dissent and outrage against the looming Duterte dictatorship. Just around two years into his term, President Rodrigo Duterte has surpassed former President Ferdinand Marcos' number of human rights violations and extra-judicial killings. We also witness today a rubber stamp Congress, a Supreme Court under attack, and a post-truth era accompanied with the silencing of free press institutions.
Today, as we face political unrest and the decline of democracy, let us remember the power of the Filipino people. Today, more than ever, we cry out to the looming dictatorship, "Never again!"