EDSA People Power revolt was 'American-inspired': Bongbong

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Posted at Jan 22 2016 01:52 PM

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The 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution that toppled the Marcos dictatorship and restored democracy in the Philippines was "American-inspired," according to the late strongman's son and namesake, Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.

In an interview on radio dzMM's "Ikaw na ba? Para sa Pamilyang Pilipino" Thursday, Marcos lamented how Philippine history books failed to show how the US "inspired" the bloodless revolt that led to his father's downfall.

"It was American-inspired," he said. "Dahil yung pagsimula ay galing sa Amerika eh, galing kay [former US President Jimmy] Carter, kung maaalala niyo. Tapos yung sa IMF, tapos yung lahat ng ginawa ng Amerikano para pahinain yung administrasyon ng aking ama."

He said the assassination of former Senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr. in August 1983 was only one of the many factors that triggered the uprising.

"Yung uprising na ganyan, ang Amerika may ginawa. Yun na nga, kagaya ng sabi ko, nag-start dun sa IMF na inipit-ipit ang ating mga pondo... Ako, nasa Palasyo ako nung panay ang message ni Ambassador [Stephen] Bosworth sa father ko na ganito, ganyan dapat gawin. Talagang involved sila. Ang sinasabi ko lang, involved sila."

"Hindi naman isa lang bagay ang pangyayari. Kaya nangyari ang [1986 EDSA People Power Revolution], palagay ko maraming factors yan, at hindi natin masasabi. So ang sinasabi ko isang bagay diyan yung Amerikano, isang bagay diyan yung pagkapaslang kay Senator Aquino at siguro mga ibang bagay," Marcos said.

Radio dzMM, January 22, 2016