The most enduring story ever told about the People Power 1 has been that of “rosary-holding-nuns stopping Marine tanks” in the uprising.
That “photo” has been the stuffs of legend, fired up the imagination of the people in Eastern Europe, East Germany and in the former USSR, now known as the Russian Federation, to stage their revolts and overthrew their communist governments.
But, according to the viral Facebook post of veteran journalist Paul Farol, that story of the “nuns stopping Marine tanks” with nothing but their faith and rosaries in hand was fake.
Fake because those tanks were never gonna roll over them in the first place because the tanks have been positioned there as per order of Marines Gen. Tadiar.
Doubt it? Well, I suggest you read the the post below and decide whether the journalist’s version of the story is true or not.
“Bok Ed Lingao, weren’t you in that famous pic?
The ‘spirit’ of EDSA, from Joe Galvez —
The story behind the iconic “nuns stopped tanks on EDSA.” There’s this story being fed for decades that nuns stopped several Marine tanks along Ortigas Avenue during the so-called People Power uprising. Wrong. The tanks have been positioned there by Marine Gen. Tadiar a day before the Pete Reyes photo of two nuns praying the rosary made the Manila Times banner photo. How the photo came to be? Here’s the story. Curiosity led people to start gathering at the corner of Ortigas and EDSA to see why there were tanks parked there. They wanted to know whether they were loyalists or rebels. The small crowd grew to several thousands then to more than a hundred thousand in just a day after Cardinal Sin called for more people to go to Ortigas. As the crowd started to add up, Gen. Tadiar ordered the tanks to move to a vacant lot which is now known as Robinsons Galleria. When the tank engines started to roar, the people in front of the tanks started to panic thinking that the tanks were gonna roll over them. People, including the nuns, started praying the rosary. With all the international media focusing their lenses on the nuns, the story has been sealed. And that was how the iconic photo was taken. Photographs can be interpreted in many ways but the true story could only be told by those who were ‘really’ there. So in my opinion, the praying nuns did not stop the tanks because the tanks were never gonna roll over them in the first place. That split second incident became a photo opportunity for photographers (including me) and spinners. You want proof? I have photographs of that incident (before, during and after). 😊
Note: News5 news anchor Ed Lingao’s name has been dragged in the issue following the latest Lingao-Uson feud when the PCOO Asec. allegedly asked her followers on Facebook if they also cried at nun’s drama. (Mocha Uson was apparently referring to nuns stopping tanks).
As of this writing, the Facebook post has gathered more than 4,000 shares, 3,975 reactions and 46 comments and counting.
Paul Farol’s claim has divided the opinion of the internet.
Melchor Magdamo corroborated the story and wrote: “1986 February 23 Sunday early afternoon. I was there myself with my face right in front of the steel roller wheels of the armored personnel carrier alias “tank” when General Artemio Tadiar commanded the start of the engines and roll frontwards then backwards. The nuns in the photo ops arrived late, around mid afternoon, after Air Force defected, after the tank engines died, and the photo ops were done at a safe distance, around 30 to 50 meters away from the tank. Mainstream media reporters were also at a safe distance.”
Magdamo posted a photo to prove his claim.
On one hand, Jace Drosh mocks Paul Farol’s claim. “Oh so Joe Galvez side of the story is the “Truth” ….hmmmm”