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To the outside world, the
revolution was a symbol of the power held in the hands of the people. The white cassocks
of the priests and nuns along with the faceless thousands who had poured into the streets,
hands clutched while praying the rosary, the air of defiance in the face of a superior
adversary was for a time etched into the eyes of the world. A triumph for the spiritual
will of the people against he whims of a dictator.
Saturday, February 22, 1986
Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile, alarmed by reports of impending mass arrests of
numerous Reform the Armed Forces Movement (RAM) officers and opposition leaders, gather
nearly 400 men in defensive position at ministry headquarters in Camp
Vice Chief of Staff Lt.
General Fidel V. Ramos agrees to join the rebellion. He calls on the Armed Forces to join
them in their rebellion.
and Ramos calls a press conference to announce their break from the Marcos camp. Also
revealed during the press conference are the incidents of massive cheating during the past
elections. Ramos and Enrile declare that Corazon Aquino is the rightful president of the
Enrile contacts the United
States Ambassador Stephen Bosworth and Jaime Cardinal Sin. Enrile asks Sin for support.
Ninoy Aquinos brother
Agapito "Butz" Aquino arrives during the press conference and pledges support.
Aquino is contacted by Enrile in the central Philippine city of Cebu during a rally and is
informed of the developments taking place in Manila.
Uncertain of Enriles
motives and possible reactions, Aquino goes into hiding in a missionary convent. There had
been reports that attempts would be made on her life.
an American offer of safe transport. She had been offered passage to any destination she
would have wanted to go.
Retired General Rafael Ileto,
acting on behalf of the rebels, extracts a promise from General Fabian Ver. Ver promises
to delay any sort of retaliation up until Sunday morning.
Archbishop of Manila Jaime Cardinal Sin airs an appeal over Radio Veritas asking the
people to support "our two good friends."
President Marcos tells the rebel faction to surrender in a televised press conference. He
claims to have uncovered an assassination plot against him by the reform movement. He
produces an army captain allegedly involved in the plot. He urges the rebels to "stop
Enrile, on Radio Veritas,
responds to Marcos claims defiantly saying, "Your time is up!"