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FALSE: EDSA Revolution 'removed' regularization, led to 'increase' in OFWs

Jun 24, 2019 - 1:50 PM

Data from the Philippine Statistics Authority show that the number of overseas Filipino workers rose even before 1986

Next Metro Manila police chief one of authors of Oplan Tokhang

Apr 19, 2018 - 10:56 AM

Director Camilo Cascolan is currently the chief of the PNP Directorate for Operations, the office behind operational plans of the 180,000-strong police force

NEXT NCRPO CHIEF. Camilo Cascolan is a classmate of Oscar Albayalde and Ronald dela Rosa at the Philippine Military Academy. Rappler screengrab

Bato dela Rosa set to bid goodbye to PNP

Apr 15, 2018 - 3:55 PM

Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa will retire from the police service on Thursday, April 19 – the culmination of a week full of farewells

BATO'S GOODBYE. Ronald dela Rosa is set to give his last goodbyes as PNP chief this week. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Kris Aquino on Paolo Duterte's rant about EDSA anniversary: Let’s have a talk

Feb 27, 2018 - 10:24 PM

Kris invites the resigned Davao vice mayor to coffee and discussion after criticizing her on social media

Roque: 1986 EDSA Revolution not 'fake news'

Feb 26, 2018 - 4:35 PM

'It was the first bloodless people power revolution in the whole entire planet Earth, and it remains significant,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, after an online poll by Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson

32nd People Power Revolution Anniversary at People Power Monument on February 35 2018. Photo by Maria Tan /Rappler

[OPINION] Did EDSA fail us?

Feb 26, 2018 - 9:16 AM

When this regime threatens press freedom, imprisons its critics, and arbitrarily kills its citizens, then it fails us and EDSA. It reverses all the steps we have taken towards democracy and progress.

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Pakinggan ang multo ng EDSA

Feb 26, 2018 - 8:22 AM

Ngayong ika-32 anibersaryo ng EDSA, angkop ang sinabi ni Milan Kundera: 'The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting'

Filipinos facing threat 'worse than Martial Law'

Feb 25, 2018 - 11:25 PM

'We are seeing an erosion of our moral fiber as a people,' says an activist nun as the Philippines marks the 32nd anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution

EDSA 32. Activist nun Sister Mary John Mananzan speaks at a rally at the People Power Monument to mark the 32nd anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution on February 24, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Celebrities perform during EDSA anniversary

Feb 25, 2018 - 10:08 PM

Color It Red, Inang Laya are among those who came to commemorate the 1986 People Power Revolution

Color It Red, Inang Laya and Lea Navarro perform on stage. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Robredo calls for vigilance vs abuses on EDSA anniversary

Feb 25, 2018 - 7:05 PM

'[H]indi tayo dapat magpabaya na manumbalik muli ang kadiliman na pinagdaanan,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

Vice President Leni Robredo attended a Mass held at the St. Jude Thaddeus Parish Church in Naga City on Sunday, February 25, 2018, in commemoration of the 32nd anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution. Photo from OVP

Remembering Corazon Aquino, the artist

Feb 25, 2018 - 4:30 PM

Rappler speaks to Jeffrey Consumo – former President Cory Aquino's art teacher from 1996 to 1998

Is there a need to change the 1987 Philippine Constitution?

Feb 02, 2018 - 3:30 PM

While the Constitution is not perfect, many argue now is not the time to change it

HIGHEST LAW. The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte is attempting to change the Constitution to make way for Federalism. Photo by Rappler

Why 1987 PH Constitution unclear on Congress' Charter Change vote

Jan 27, 2018 - 4:49 PM

(UPDATED) Framers of the 1987 Constitution we spoke with say members of the committee on amendments and revisions forgot to adjust a provision in their final draft to reflect a bicameral congress voting on charter change. The Supreme Court can clarify that now.

Dela Rosa wants to clean up Bureau of Corrections

Dec 16, 2017 - 11:28 PM

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says his two mistahs from the Philippine Military Academy will help fix problems at the Bureau of Corrections

CLASS OF 1986. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa happens to belong to the first PMA class to graduate after the EDSA Revolution. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

LIST: Marcos and the number 7

Sep 21, 2017 - 8:23 AM

Here are 7 instances where the number 7 figured in the life (and post-death) of the former president and dictator

Framers of Constitution condemn Marcos burial, draw hope from youth

Nov 24, 2016 - 3:14 PM

We are inspired by the outpouring of protest by the youth who give life to our hope for generations of heroes who are the antithesis of everything that was Marcos say members of the 1986 Constitutional Commission

YOUTH PROTEST VS MARCOS BURIAL. Students protest the state interment of dictator Ferdinand Marcos in Manila. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Marcos family shoulders cost of ex-president's burial

Nov 08, 2016 - 3:17 PM

Next step: the Philippine Army will meet with the Marcoses to discuss the date of burial plans for the burial site and details of the burial ceremony among others

PREPARATIONS STOPPED. Dried leaves are scattered all over the area that was planned to be set aside for Marcos' remains. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

SC consolidates petitions vs Marcos burial, 3rd plea filed

Aug 19, 2016 - 5:03 PM

Our appeal to President Duterte is the Marcos burial is a promise you can break Whose hearts will you break if you don t go through with it? It s only the Marcoses says one of the petitioners

NO TO HERO'S BURIAL. Three petitions have been filed against the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Supreme Court image from Wikipedia Commons

Tough love: Psychology of Argentina's Messi relationship

Jun 29, 2016 - 2:37 PM

As fans online plead Leo don t go psychologists neurologists and philosophers appear on chat shows and publish newspaper columns to analyze the hero s motivations and help the nation cope

STAY, MESSI. Calls for Lionel Messi, seen here in a September 2015 friendly, to stay with the Argentina national team grow louder. EPA/LARRY W. SMITH

Keys to Leni Robredo's improbable journey

Jun 04, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Leni Robredo jousted against political windmills and in a manner of speaking was catapulted to the stars

Senate President Franklin M. Drilon and House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. proclaim Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte (not in photo) and Camarines Sur 3rd District Representative Leni Robredo as the country’s duly elected President and Vice President, Monday, May 30, 2016. Duterte announced earlier that he will not attend the proclamation. Photo by Ben Nabong/ Rappler

30 years on, Ukraine remembers Chernobyl catastrophe

Apr 26, 2016 - 8:05 PM

There was crying and screaming says a resident as she recalls the day the world s worst nuclear accident occurred

epa05277521 Ukrainians light candles near the memorial for 'liquidators' who died during cleaning up works after the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster, during a ceremony in Slavutich city, some 190 km north of the capital Kiev, Ukraine, early 26 April 2016. In the early hours of 26 April 1986 the Unit 4 reactor at the Chernobyl power station blew apart. Facing nuclear disaster on unprecedented scale Soviet authorities tried to contain the situation by sending thousands of ill-equipped men into a radioactive maelstrom. The men barely lasted more than a few weeks suffering lingering painful deaths. The explosion of Unit 4 of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is still regarded the biggest accident in the history of nuclear power generation. Ukrainians mark the 30th anniversary of Chernobyl's tragedy on 26 April 2016. EPA/SERGEY DOLZHENKO

Defying radiation, elderly residents cling on in Chernobyl

Apr 18, 2016 - 10:30 PM

158 people still live in the exclusion zone in Chernobyl Ukraine – site of the world s worst nuclear accident

Yevgeny Markevich, 78, looks out from the gate of his yard in Chernobyl on April 8, 2016.  The sturdy 78-year-old former teacher is among 158 people still living in the 30 kilometre (19 mile) exclusion zone around the Ukrainian nuclear power plant where reactor number four exploded on April 26, 1986. / AFP PHOTO / Sergei SUPINSKY

Binay's pitch for Honasan

Mar 05, 2016 - 9:10 AM

How will the United Nationalist Alliance standard bearer convince his supporters to favor his running mate who is at the bottom of surveys?

'BIN-GO TANDEM.' Senator Gregorio Honasan II teams up with Vice President Jejomar Binay for the 2016 elections. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Official news agency neglected after EDSA 1

Feb 28, 2016 - 11:17 AM

A lot of people who worked under the Marcos regime were unceremoniously branded as undesirable and cast aside by the conquering heroes and heroines

DIVIDED. EDSA I is remembered for uniting the nation, but the aftermath shows divisions borne out of the distrust at the institutions and people from the Marcos regime. Image courtesy of Mara Mercado

Recalling the past, looking to the future: X users react to #EDSA30

Feb 26, 2016 - 10:42 PM

X users share their experiences from EDSA I and their hopes for the Philippines 30 years after the People Power Revolution

#EDSA30: Should the Marcoses be held accountable?

Feb 26, 2016 - 12:18 AM

While many revisit EDSA to commemorate People Power 1 others say it is time to move on

MOVING ON. Netizens say they want to move on from EDSA I because of the disappointment with its aftermath. Image courtesy of Nico Villarete

Martial law helped define me as a photographer

Feb 25, 2016 - 10:00 PM

The training I learned in confronting authorities with or without a camera during martial law are valuable lessons I used later in my investigative photojournalism work

Robredo to Bongbong Marcos: 'Facts don't lie'

Feb 25, 2016 - 9:27 PM

Vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo asks Filipino youth to understand the context behind EDSA I and the older generation to help them do it

IN PHOTOS: EDSA Revolution: Not just in 4 days

Feb 25, 2016 - 8:00 PM

The street protests in EDSA in February 1986 were the culmination of the numerous marches and rallies demanding the ouster of the dictator

An effigy of then President Marcos and Ronald Reagan with protesters in Mendiola.

WATCH: 6 degrees of separation between Steph Curry & Gringo Honasan

Feb 25, 2016 - 12:19 PM

Only 5 people separate the NBA MVP and the former rebel soldier

WATCH: 6 degrees of separation between Maria Ozawa & Ferdinand Marcos

Feb 25, 2016 - 4:00 AM

Only 6 people separate the Japanese adult star and the dictator

Looking back on the People Power Revolution with Ballet Manila's 'Rebel'

Feb 24, 2016 - 7:04 PM

Prima ballerina Lisa Macuja Elizalde stars as Inang Bayan in Ballet Manila s production which is set during the 1986 EDSA Revolution

'REBEL.' Lisa Macuja-Elizalde stars as Inang Bayan in 'Rebel,' a ballet that commemorates the People Power Revolution. Screengrab from Instagram/balletmanila

WATCH: 6 degrees of separation between Maine Mendoza & Fidel V. Ramos

Feb 24, 2016 - 4:48 PM

Only six people separate YayaDub and the former president

Marcos on EDSA, China’s fighter jets, Bill Gates on encryption | 12PM wRap

Feb 24, 2016 - 11:55 AM

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Key players in the 1986 People Power Revolution

Feb 24, 2016 - 8:00 AM

Who were the prominent figures of EDSA 1986 and where are they now?

WATCH: 6 degrees of separation between Nadine Lustre & Tito Sotto

Feb 23, 2016 - 7:46 PM

Only six people separate Lustre and the senator

A history of forgetting

Feb 23, 2016 - 2:33 PM

Mythologizing historical figures to the point of sainthood or supervillain only softens the edges of the past and removes any nuance or lesson to be gained


EDSA: 'Hand of God' seen from the House of Sin

Feb 23, 2016 - 8:30 AM

Here s a behind the scenes look at People Power as told by Archbishop Socrates Villegas then the 25 year old aide of Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin

MENTOR AND AIDE. The late Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin (right) served as the mentor of then Father Socrates Villegas (left), now archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan and president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines. File photo from CBCP

WATCH: 6 degrees of separation between Pia Wurtzbach & Juan Ponce Enrile

Feb 22, 2016 - 4:12 PM

Only five people separate the 2015 Miss Universe and the senator

'Are we safe here?' The night Cory Aquino hid in Cebu

Feb 22, 2016 - 7:00 AM

Carmelite sisters recall how they helped protect the country s first female president and ultimately restore Philippine democracy 30 years ago

THEY HELPED CORY. (From left to right) Mother Aimee, Mother Ilaya, Mother Marietta. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

What were the 2016 presidential bets doing during the EDSA revolt?

Feb 20, 2016 - 5:00 PM

How old were the 2016 presidential candidates in 1986 and what were they up to then?

PMA parade off limits to adopted politicians

Feb 20, 2016 - 12:23 PM

UPDATED The PMA spokesperson says that politicians who are not graduates of the academy will be given seats in the grandstand No presidential candidate however shows up

PARADE. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

Should another man’s life be a reason for people to unite?

Nov 21, 2015 - 6:45 PM

Millennials are brought face to face with history through vivid personal experiences of activists during the Martial Law

Gringo plotted to kill Marcos – Almonte

Feb 24, 2015 - 9:27 PM

In his memoir to be launched February 25 Retired National Security Adviser Jose Almonte recalls the years before the ouster of dictator Ferdinand Marcos

#RepostEDSA: Is 'People Power' dead?

Feb 23, 2015 - 7:48 PM

On the 29th anniversary of the uprising that toppled a dictator join the MovePH conversations on social media Tell us your EDSA story

Marcos vs Aquino, and past snap elections around the world

Feb 07, 2015 - 2:43 PM

Similar presidential and parliamentary snap polls have resulted in a change in leadership, while others have solidified the incumbent's hold on power

THE OPPONENT. Corazon Aquino, the wife of slain opposition leader Benigno Aquino Jr, is cheered by her advisers after announcing on December 3, 1985, in Manila, that she will run against President Ferdinand Marcos in the presidential snap poll on February 7. At left is opposition stalwart Lorenzo Tañada, and at right is Member of Parliament Cecilia Muñoz Palma.

Moving forward to a more meaningful revolution

Mar 06, 2014 - 1:50 PM

We need to remember Edsa so that we don t lose sight of the reforms that remain in our wish list 3 decades later and for us to choose the right leaders in 2016

Ninoy's life and times in TV special

Aug 21, 2013 - 9:00 AM

Docu aims to reacquaint martyred politician and PNoy s father to today s youth

PRISON. Aquino found strength in his darkest chapter. Photo courtesy of Teodoro L. Locsin Jr.

'EDSA' children's book launched

Jul 17, 2013 - 9:08 AM

A children s book about the 1986 EDSA Revolution is launched

TELLING THE EDSA STORY. Myra Sepe of Adarna reads 'EDSA' with students of Rafael Palma Elementary School. All photos courtesy of EPPC

1986 Comelec walkout not about Cory or Marcos

Feb 25, 2013 - 10:31 PM

Statement of vote tabulators from 1986 puts snap election walkout in perspective

WALKOUT. Vote tabulators walked out during the quick count of votes in the 1986 snap elections. Photo from http://definitelyfilipino.com