Remembering EDSA 30 years ago

DANDAN BANTUGAN COLUMN
(Part 2)

Two years ago, we wrote in the defunct Bohol Sunday Post about the EDSA revolution. Here it goes:
To those with short lived memories, here’s your memory lane down 30 years ago in Bohol as we marked the People Power Revolution at the Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) in Manila last Thursday.
Rolando Butalid G. was the incumbent governor at that time. His vice –governor was Stephen Bernido who was arrested for illegal drugs last year,.
Edgar M. Chatto was the provincial president of the Kabataan Barangay (KB), an ex-oficio member of the Sanggunian Panlalawigan.
The incumbent city mayor in Tagbilaran was the late Jose Ma. Rocha and his vice-mayor was Rudolfo Yap.
The no. 1 city councilor was Dr. Simplicio “Bobong” Yap Jr. of the City Pharmacy fame in the Sangguniang Panlungsod together with Atty. Dodong Gonzaga, now still a city councilor, and Dan Lim as among its members.
Yes of course, Edi Borja was the city KB president, also an ex-oficio member of the city council. Borja is still stuck at the city hall as the city administrator.
In 1986, Boy “Bglante” Guingguing was the lead anchor together with Fred Araneta over the morning program Inyong Alagad at Station DYRD.
BGlante and Fred Araneta were the lead stars in the local media at that time together with the late Tibbs Bullecer. They are considered as DYRD’s triumvirate.
BGlante left DYRD months after the EDSA revolution in 1986 when he started with the defunct Bohol Sunday Post.
He re-reunited with the Inyong Alagad program months before the local election in1993.
In 1986, Bohol was represented in the Batasang Pambansa, the country’s lawmaking body, by Assemblymen David B. Tirol, Ramon Lapez and Eladio I. Chatto, father of the incumbent governor.
They were fondly called in the media as the TLC (for Tender, Loving, Care).
One of the top Boholano officials in the national government at that time was BIR Commissioner Tomas Toledo.
We stopped working as a stringer of the DYRD newsroom in October, 1985 and joined the National Media Production Center (NMPC), a conduit of the Office of Media Affairs (OMA) under the Office of the President in Cebu City when the military led by the AFP Vice Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Fidel V. Ramos, Minister Juan Ponce Enrile of the national defense and his aide, Lt. Col. Gregorio Honasan of the Reform the Armed Forces Movement-Young Officers Union (RAM-YOU) launched a coup ‘d etat being backed up by the civilians including the religious groups led by Jaime Cardinal Sin against Ferdinand Edralin Marcos, a month after the snap presidential election in 1986.
It was at this time that we took the M/V Sweet Heart back to Tagbilaran City and depart from being counted as among the Marcos loyalist. (To be continued)
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