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Heherson T. Alvarez was one of the youngest and was named one of ten most outstanding delegates of the 1971 Constitutional Convention.

He was one of the few who opposed the dictatorship and refused to sign the Marcos-dictated Constitution.

He evaded a “shoot-to-kill” order and went on exile in the United States to organize the opposition forces overseas. Together with Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., they moved around the U.S. calling for the restoration of democracy in the Philippines.

Their efforts vitally contributed in building-up the events that led to the EDSA People Power Revolution of 1986.

Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin condemned the torture and killing of his brother, Marsman, as “a most heinous crime (perpetrated) under Martial Law” after Marsman’s body was found mangled beyond recognition – skull cracked open, eyes gorged and tongue plucked out. This also caused the death of his father who succumbed to a heart attack.

Alvarez founded the opposition movement, the Ninoy Aquino Movement (NAM), that lobbied to cut military and economic aid to the dictatorship. The Wall Street Journal called NAM the biggest and best organized opposition movement in the U.S.

NAM led the search and expose of the hidden Marcos wealth in the U.S. which was serialized by, and later won for the San Jose Mercury News of California the Pulitzer Prize.

This hidden wealth was sequestered and provided funds for the country’s Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) which Alvarez authored in the Senate.

For his leadership in the democratic struggle, he was recognized with the Outstanding Human Rights Award by the Fund For Free Expression in New York.

After the EDSA People Power Revolution of 1986, President Corazon C. Aquino appointed him Philippine Ambassador extraordinary plenipotentiary to the U.S., a post he politely declined in order to serve a much more important role as Minister of Agrarian Reform.

In September 2000, as a Member of the House of Representatives, he initiated the impeachment complaint filed against former President Joseph Estrada at the time when everybody else thought the idea was almost a "fantasy." The filing of the impeachment complaint paved the way for EDSA II.

In recognition of Alvarez's effort the People Power Commission gave him the EDSA People Power Freedom Award.