R. Tiglao Expose: Five Facts About EDSA We Didn't Know at the Time

Veteran author and prominent columnist of The Manila Times made an interesting expose through his special EDSA anniversary presentation for the newspaper as he revealed the Five Facts about EDSA we didn't know at the time.

According to Bobi Tiglao there were hidden facts about the world-renowned EDSA People Power Revolt. The veteran columnist stated that perhaps because of the disillusionment with the presidency of the son of the so-called heroine of EDSA 1, the facts have been ferreted out, or have simply become clearer.

Rigoberto Tiglao enumerated below the following five facts from documents and eyewitness accounts, and not from some "anonymous" sources.

Here are Some of the Five Facts We Didn't Know About EDSA:

Fact 1: Cory Aquino had little to do with EDSA 1. 
Tiglao revealed that it was Marcos' legal and military pillar, his longtime defense minister Juan Ponce Enrile - in a last stand to defend himself and his “RAM boys” from certain doom — was mainly responsible for EDSA 1.

The events that led to it were triggered by the botched coup attempt by the Reform the Armed Forces Movement (RAM) cabal of colonels under Enrile’s aegis. The leaders were Gregorio Honasan, Tirso Gador, Rex Robles, Tito Legaspi, Red Kapunan and Felix Turingan.

Several of the RAM boys had been in close contact for months with foreign correspondents — a favorite source of assets for the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

Fact 2: Only a small faction of the military supported the mutineers
Enrile’s RAM boys consisted mostly of the colonels he had taken under his wing as defense minister. Air Force Commander Vicente Piccio, Army Commander Josephus Ramas and Marine Commandant Tadiar were all loyal to the chain of command.

Fact 3: The US betrayed Marcos, shanghaiing him to Hawaii.
US authorities told Marcos that it would accede to his request to evacuate him and his family by helicopter from Malacañang to Laoag City, the capital of his home province Ilocos Norte. They instead brought him to Hawaii.

Fact 4: Under both the 1935 and 1973 Constitution, Corazon Aquino was not qualified to run for president in the 1986 “snap elections.”
Both the 1935 and 1973 constitutions specified that a president must be a “resident of the Philippines for at least 10 years immediately preceding the election.” Cory had left the Philippines together with her husband — voluntarily — to live in Boston in 1980.

Fact 5: Cory’s 1986 electoral campaign was handled by a US PR firm.
Sawyer Miller, an American public relations and political strategist firm that would be in the 1980s and 1990s, the most expensive and most sought-after outfit in the world after EDSA 1, handled almost in its entirety Cory Aquino’s public performance in the 1986 snap elections.

This is confirmed by US documents that Sawyer Miller submitted in compliance with the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

To know more about the expose of Rigoberto Tiglao, just head on to the official website of The Manila Times.

Source: The Manila Times

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