From a Speech at a Conference “Overcoming Dictatorship: 30 Years of People Power” organized by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at the Discovery Primea, Makati City.

I guess this is the time of the year when Filipinos of my age are drawn out of the closet as it were for some airing – so we can share Memory. I am happy and honored to be here, to fulfill one of the roles assigned to the older generation, to help the nation recall milestone events in our history so we can learn from the past.

A knowledge of the past helps us to better understand the present and guides us as we move forward into the future with care and with wisdom.

Those who lived through those years know that the events of February 1986 did not erupt out of a vacuum.

The force of People Power drew from diverse resources, energized by different stakeholders, as individuals or in groups, who having lived during the extended period of the Marcos regime, determined it was time to act to change the course of history. There was a process involved to make it possible for the nation to come together in collective strength.

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