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From Dictatorship to Democracy
First broadcast February 2006

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On 22 February 1986, the Philippine people brought down a dictatorship and restored democracy in their dramatic four-day People Power Revolution.

They braved tanks and armed forces to overthrow the dictator, Ferdinand Marcos, who was accused of corruption, infringing human rights and election fraud.

In this landmark series marking the twentieth anniversary of the revolution, Rosie Goldsmith meets key players in the events of 1986 and since, drawing on an exciting archive of material from that period.

Part Two: After the Revolution

Ferdinand Marcos was eventually replaced by Corazon Aquino, the self-titled "housewife turned politician", who famously always wore yellow. She heralded a new age of Philippine politics.

Many people question whether enough actually changed. The rallies taking place twenty years on in the capital Manila are not celebrations, but protests.

This is still a desperately poor country where corruption and nepotism are still rampant; 40% of Filipinos live below the poverty line. The hopes and dreams of 1986 - freedom from poverty, an end to corruption and political instability - simply did not come true.

Rosie Goldsmith reflects on the events since 1986, including several dangerous coups and the second People Power Revolution in 2001 to overthrow President Joseph Estrada.

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