“Perfectly balanced, as all things should be.”
Just like Thanos’ snap, the whole world witnessed change when the Filipino people peacefully revolted against the totalitarian government of the late dictator, Ferdinand Marcos Sr. This movement quickly became the nation’s beacon of hope from the terror which plagued the Pearl of the Orient Seas.
The People Power Revolution marks its historic 36th anniversary this year. During the four momentous days of February 1986 along the Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA), millions of Filipinos stood their ground and exuded exemplary courage as they successfully overthrew the dictatorial regime of the late president Marcos.
After the pivotal movement which altered the course of our history, Filipinos enjoyed liberty brought by the revolution. It was a happy-ever-after fairy tale ending for the Filipino people. Or so, it seemed.
Three decades later, it’s as if the tale had reset and the plot replayed. The present-day Philippines has yet to see a grim continuation which may lead to history repeating itself.
Fast forward 36 years after his father was ousted by the historic revolution, former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is now running for the highest public seat on the nation which once ousted his father.
Various surveys reveal that Marcos Jr. is currently leading among the candidates for presidency. If fate is on his side, then there is a great possibility that he would continue his dictator father’s unfinished business and place the country in peril.
More so, as campaigns for presidential candidates roll over, loyal supporters of Marcos presented different logical fallacies to endorse their candidate. Worse, even Marcos himself brings into play these fallacies to campaign for himself.
With the widespread growth of users in different social media platforms, so is the relative increase of trolls which steer in the spreading of fake news and fallacies all over soc-med platforms.
But despite the swift circulation of fake news everywhere, there are still those who continue to fight for truth and present facts to counter false information and clog it from spreading among masses.
It is with great dismay that there are people who are blinded by their egos, most especially media and information illiterates whom continue to side with what they believe is true, disregarding the facts and neglecting the ideals of why the 1986 EDSA Revolution was set in motion.
A snap of Thanos’ fingers may cease the imbalance brought by greed that pumps the blood in the veins of the late dictator’s son, and so is the fight for the prevalence of facts among the Filipino people.
A revolution without violence surges within us as we continue to counter the fake news, fallacies, and misinformation brought by the trolls which blind our countrymen into bringing back the dark chapter of our country’s past.
If we stand together side by side like those who courageously marched in the grounds of EDSA and be the bearers of truth and justice to fend off those with malicious intents to blind our countrymen, the efforts of forefathers who stood their ground for reclaiming our liberty would not be in vain.
The EDSA Revolution may have occurred 36 years ago, but the spirit to fight for what’s right continues to run in our veins. The valor of the Filipinos to defend what is right and just to carry on enjoying the blessings of liberty.
Time had proven the repercussions of placing the wrong candidate in the highest seat. So long as we learn from the mistakes we made, then the dark history we want buried will be a thing of the past.