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The 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution is real. About two million Filipinos joined the four-day nonviolent protest that brought down the Marcos dictatorship.

Senatorial aspirant and suspended lawyer Larry Gadon wrongly insisted that the historical event is not a people power revolution because he said less than 300,000 people attended.

The Official Gazette placed at two million the number of Filipinos who protested along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) in Metro Manila and in other cities against the cheating in the snap presidential elections and Marcos’s strongman rule from Feb. 22 to 25, 1986.

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