From Mon Feb 28 11:20:48 2000
Date: Sun, 27 Feb 2000 22:36:45 -0600 (CST)
From: Michael Eisenscher <>
Article: 90036
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Social conditions remain essentially unchanged after EDSA

News release, 22 February 1999

While freeing the people from the clutches of fascist tyrant, the 1986 EDSA Uprising merely led to the transfer of power into the hands of another reactionary, to be followed by another faction of the exploiting classes. Thirteen years after the so-called People Power Revolution, social conditions in the Philippines remain essentially unchanged, the plight of the Filipino masses is worse than before. The main sectors of society, the workers and the peasants, are still mired in the deepest and most miserable poverty.

This was the statement of Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) chairperson Crispin Beltran on the anniversary of the EDSA uprising that toppled the Marcos dictatorship.

Beltran said that the gains that the EDSA uprising supposedly won were immediately exposed as hollow and illusory a few months after the euphoria died down. According to Beltran, the then-newly installed Aquino government did nothing to address the basic demands of the Filipino people.

Mrs. Aquino did not do away with the anti-people, virulently anti-worker policies implemented by the previous regime; and neither did she initiate a genuine agrarian reform program. Hacienda Luisita was exempted from the bogus Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP), and the new Congress passed the Herrera law that virtually legalized contractualization and union busting. And one year after the Aquino regime's installation, 13 farmers and workers were slaughtered in Mendiola, and former KMU chairperson Rolando Olalia and his aide Ka Leonor Alay-ay were brutally mudered. Were these part of the supposed restoration of democracy in the Philippines? The main perpetrators of the Mendiola massacre and the murders of two KMU leaders remain free, and they continue to enjoy positions of power and privilege, he said.

A passing glance at the labor situation 13 years after EDSA: