by Marwaan Macan-Markar

BANGKOK, Feb. 23, 2006 (IPS/GIN) — She was pregnant with her first child, and a woman on the run. She was on a "wanted list" for her human rights campaigns. She had little choice but to go underground to escape the brutal clutches of the dictatorship.

Yet, when the call went out that the time had arrived to oust the regime of Ferdinand Marcos, Amihan Abueva, 27 at the time, surfaced on the streets of Manila. She joined hundreds of thousands of Filipinos to stare down the guns and end the 14-year reign of terror of the Marcos presidency on Feb. 25, 1986.

""You have a lot of cynicism now about the political process. There is dissatisfaction that 'people power' can bring about substantive change," Walden Bello, professor of sociology at the University of the Philippines, told IPS."