Building up People Power: the role of the alternative press
Coverage of the 25th anniversary of the Philippine People Power events focus on the chain of events from February 21 and the takeover of government by Corazon Aquino. But the story really goes back to the years of protest undertaken by freedom fighters, many of whom remain nameless. The massive protests which followed the assassination of the leading opposition figure former Senator Benigno Aquino Jr. are more easy to document. The funeral march which accompanied his remains to burial was perhaps the most massive; and it was followed by many more demonstrations organized by the “parliament of the streets,” each one drawing strength from a people yearning for freedom and for change.
The “alternative press,” a clutch of weekly news publications connected the separate and disparate communities all around the country who were united in their desire for democracy. The following analytical piece reviews the role of Veritas Newsweekly, and its place in this critical passage of the nation’s political history.
(Melinda Quintos de Jesus, executive director of the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility, was associate editor of the Veritas. James R. Rush, a historian and writer, wrote this piece for the U.S.-based UFSI Reports.)