Did you know to what particular law was approved by our potiticians in December 1985, which mandated the Comelec to conduct a special election in the next year (1986) particularly in the month of February?
One day after the Sandiganbayan announced the not-guilty charge on Decemebr 2, 1985 to the former Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Fabian Ver and other military personnel who was charged to have been the mastermined of the assassination of Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., the Batasang Pambansa Cabinet Bill No 7 was approved by Marcos. Ninoy Aquino Jr was assassinated inthe tarmac of the Manila International Airport in August 21, 1983. After more than two years of trials, the accused Gen. Ver – allegedly the mastermined of the killing – was charge as not-guilty on the crime. While the Cabinet Bill No 7 pertains to having a Snap or Special Election for the president and vice-president seats which will be done on February 7, 1986.
It was said that the No 7 on the Cabinet Bill as well as the date of the election was is not a coincidence but rather chosen by the Batasang Pambansa Official because it is the lucky number of Marcos, which is also has the number 7 of the date he was born – December 11, 1917.
In the Snap Election, Marcos was faced by the opposition with the standard bearer Corazon Aquino, the spouse of Ninoy Aquino. Ninoy was then Marcos’number enemy in the politics arena which was assassinated during his homecoming from exile to the US.
In the official count be the Commision on Elections (Comelec), it was found out that Marcos and his vice-presedintial candidate former Senator Arturo Tolentino won the election by a landslide. This did not coincide with the unofficial count made by the election watchdog NAMFREL to which it shows that Cory and her running mate, former Senator Salvador Laurel wins the election.
Several days after the Snap Election, two prominent persons in the Marcos Administration resigned from their post. These are Defense Minister and now our Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, and the then PC-INP Chief and former President Fidel Ramos.
After this, the people of the Philippines lunched a revolution to which now called the Edsa People Power Revolution which ousted Marcos in Malacanang Palace. This prompted Corazon Aquino to become the president of the Republic of the Philippines in February 25, 1986.
And as what many said “The rest is history!!!”
Author’s note: Another compiling story and history of my motherland and its citizens.