The 124th independence day celebration marks the primary celebration since 1986 that the Philippines would witness the return of the Marcoses to Malacañang
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines on Sunday, June 12, celebrates its 124th independence day – a number of days earlier than Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr, the dictator’s son, ascends to energy and the final beneath outgoing president Rodrigo Duterte.
The 124th independence day marks the primary celebration since 1986 that nation would witness the Marcoses’ return to Malacañang.
Marcos, the one son of late tyrant Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos, will sit because the nation’s seventeenth president on June 30 after a landslide victory within the Might 2022 elections.
Because the Congress and Senate described it, Marcos is the primary majority president to be elected in latest reminiscence. He garnered over 31 million votes, manner forward of closest rival, Vice President Leni Robredo, who solely acquired over 15 million votes.
This yr’s commemoration can also be the final beneath Duterte, a detailed ally of the Marcoses. Duterte’s presidency was marred with controversies for his shut ties with China, a bloody drug battle, and by even permitting the late dictator to be buried on the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
Marcos then and now
The 1986 EDSA Folks Energy Revolution toppled down the dictatorship of Marcos, which lasted for over 10 years. Below the Marcos regime, independence day was celebrated with presidential speeches and normal ceremonies throughout the public vacation.
In each speech of the late dictator throughout independence day since 1973 till the top of his dictatorship, Marcos would inject nationalistic sentiments in his speeches. Regardless of his dictatorial rule, Marcos would reiterate that the nation was free. (READ: How did the Philippines rejoice June 12 beneath Marcos’ Martial Regulation?)
The identical nationalistic themes have been utilized by his son throughout the marketing campaign interval. The feelings have been mouthed by the dictator’s son in most of his speeches.
“Pararatingin natin hindi sa ating pinanggalingan kung hindi pasisikatin pa rin natin ang mahal nating Pilipinas. Para tayo ay haharap sa buong mundo at sasabihin muli natin, at isisigaw natin sa kanilang lahat na ako ay Pilipino, taas noo kahit kanino,” Marcos mentioned throughout his proclamation rally.
(We’ll take the Philippines to not the place it was earlier than, however to deliver our beloved nation to larger heights. So we will face the entire world, and we will say once more, shout to everybody that I’m a Filipino, and proud.)
Marcos Jr. additionally caught together with his message of unity all all through his marketing campaign. In his proclamation rally, he even talked about the Filipino phrase for unity 21 instances.
Relevance of June 12
After World Battle II, the American colonizers granted the Philippines independence on July 4, 1946.
June 12, 1898 was the day when the primary Philippine Republic led by the nation’s first president, Emilio Aguinaldo, ratified the “Acta de la proclamacion de independencia del pueblo Filipino,” or the proclamation of Philippine independence. (READ: The various dates of Philippine independence)
In 1962, then President Diosdado Macapagal signed Proclamation No. 28, s. 1962, which moved the official date of the independence day from July 4 to June 12.
Macapagal cited Aguinaldo’s institution of the primary republic. The date was formalized after the Congress handed Republic Act No. 4166 in 1964. – MR