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