Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Mandiola Massacre Revisited

Mendiola Street is a short thoroughfare in the district of San Miguel in Manila, the capital of the Philippines. Mendiola Street starts from the intersection of Legarda and Claro M. Recto Avenues and ends just outside MalacaƱang Palace, the official residence of the President of the Philippines. Mendiola is famous for being the venue for protest actions against an incumbent government and is the site to some colleges and universities that form the area of Manila known as the "University Belt".
Because of the tight security at the MalacaƱang Palace, authorities decided to close half of Mendiola Street starting from the sentinel gate in front of the College of the Holy Spirit and La Consolacion College to protect the palace from different forms of threats. Vehicles were then diverted to Concepcion Aguila Street, a narrow side street that passes through residential areas of San Miguel.


Mendiola Street has been witness to violent confrontations between protesters and government troops. During the administration of Ferdinand Marcos, Mendiola Street was the site of massive protest marches from January to March 1970
which often resulted into violent dispersals and clashes between protesters and riot police in what is now being called by activists and political analysts as the
First Quarter Storm.


On January 22, 1987, crowd control troops open fired on a protest rally of about 10,000 peasant farmers demanding genuine land reform from then President Corazon Aquino. Thirteen of the protestors were killed and hundreds more were injured in that incident which is now called the Mendiola Massacre.


Anonymous said...

sino ba si mendiola? bakit ipinangalan sa kanya ang street na un malapit sa ceu? tao ba sya? kinunsulta ko na si google at mga history books wala ako nahanap na info..favor nman tell me kung sino si mendiola?just curious bout it...
That's the sixty-four thousand dollar question...

Luis Liwanag said...

I guess all we have to know and remember is the spirit of Mendiola and how many have shed their lifeblood on these hallowed ground in the continuing struggle for real Freedom and Democracy