Making Sense of EDSA, 25 Years Later

Feb 28, 2011

Freedom? Democracy? What exactly are we celebrating today?

The conduct of the last elections shows the costly nature of our electoral system and the prevalence of electoral fraud. The flawed judicial system and the low rankings of the country in several rule of law indicators shows just how prone our legal system is to corruption. The restoration of the old order of elite politics, the old society that Ninoy had argued was untenable, is demonstrated by the prevalence of warlords and money politics.

Indeed from both the broad objective of inclusive development to the more narrow one of creating democratic space, the EDSA I revolution seems to be an imperfect one. How then can this be rectified?

Perhaps it starts with us envisioning where we want our nation to be over the next twenty-five years. A quarter century hence in the year 2036, what kind of country or society do we want for ourselves, our children and grandchildren? Given the experience of the previous quarter century, there is much to be done.

It would take the same indomitable spirit that Ninoy showed to ensure that this impossible dream of his is realized.


This post was originally published on The ProPinoy Project in February 2011.


Doy Santos is a senior policy analyst specializing in economic analysis based in Adelaide, South Australia where he lives with his wife and three kids. He maintains a blog called "The Cusp: A discussion of new thinking, new schools of thought and fresh ideas on public policy" and contributes to "The Conversation" with an informal group of fellow economist-bloggers. He tweets as @thecusponline. At the age of ten, he wrote a children's book entitled "The Happy Prince", a political satire told as a fable on the martial law regime. Before the days of electronic online publishing, he was a DIY publisher and contributor to "The Scenester" fanzine, a parody of Manila's social scene. He holds two graduate degrees in development economics from the University of the Philippines and public policy/management from Carnegie Mellon.