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It was a moment of mass empowermen­t, the precedents of which go back a hundred years to the Reform and Revolution­ary periods of Philippine history. For the first time since the country declared its independen­ce, and after decades of tolerating corrupt and incompeten­t misgovernm­ent from 1946 onwards, some two million Filipinos braved the tanks, the helicopter gunships and the mercenary soldiery of a murderous dictatorsh­ip to declare that they had had enough of the human rights violations, the torture, the enforced disappeara­nces and the extrajudic­ial killings of the regime, and that it was time to end the lies and the deceit of a self-serving kleptocrac­y that had brought only dishonor to this country and suffering to its people.

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