• Aquinos mark 83rd birthday of Dad Ninoy

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    President Benigno Aquino 3rd and two of his sisters visited the tomb of their father, the late former senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., who would have turned 83 years old on Friday.

    The President and his sisters Ballsy and Viel held no program and instead prayed the rosary in front of their parents’ tombs at the Manila Memorial Park in Paranaque City (Metro Maniila). Not with them were sisters Kris and Pinky.

    Aquino prayed silently and then returned to Malacanang to meet with his speechwriters. He will travel to Paris, France, on Sunday to attend the Climate Change Summit.

    The President earlier declared the birth anniversary of his father as a regular working holiday each year to be known as “Araw ng Pagbasa.”

    Ninoy Aquino’s assassination on August 21, 1983 triggered outrage against the strongman rule of then-President Ferdinand Marcos that eventually catapulted Ninoy’s wife, Corazon Aquino, to the presidency.

    At Thursday’s launching of the book, “The Aquino Legacy: An Enduring Narrative,” the President rem-inisced on his family’s experiences under the Marcos regime and underscored the importance of looking back at the past to ensure its mistakes are not repeated in the future.

    And although he did not name names, he took a swipe at Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., who is running for Vice President next year, suggesting that the strongman’s son read the book.

    Earlier, Marcos Jr. said he would apologize for his father’s rule only if he had reason to do so.

    CATHERINE S. VALENTE

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    1. It is hard to find good reason for Prez PNoy and his siblings not to blame Marcos for the miseries and misgivings they suffered during his reign. But I think they have said everything there is to say relative thereto. I think it is really time to forget if not forgive. Now, I think it is up for the people to judge for themselves the Marcoses, their past and what they are doing currently. Let the nation and people move on!

    2. Senator NiNoy S. Aquino, Jr. and your truly’s brotherly friendship with him was conceived to have no limit/border to what we will achieve or do in our quest in continuing the “Crusade” for the Country and our People! Ito’y aming napag-usapan the night before our departure from Los Angeles during our dinner. In front of my wife Boots, Sen. NiNoy asked me by surprise—Pare,- – alam mo itong lakad natin bukas ay medyo ako’y kinakabahan…yo ung telegramang natanggap ko galing sa Philippine Consulate sa New York ay mukhang napakalim intendihin…..Ikaw…’pare’ sa palagay mo ba tayo’y tutuloy, hindi bali bukas ng umaga ay tatawagan ko young dapat ko pang tawagan….at malalaman natin ang ‘final score!!!!’ mvnoy@comcast.net

    3. Forgive na lang daw to bury Ferdinand Marcos beside Ninoy since they were best friend then….tamang tama magkikita kayo ni Pope President confess ka na din…naku I am sure you will be renewed and transformed. Good night!