President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Wednesday the martyrdom of his father Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino should inspire every Filipino to use freedom he fought for “to spark a revolution for positive change.”
The President spoke after he and his sisters heard Mass at the Meralco Theater in Pasig City that commemorated the 30th anniversary of their father’s assassination.
Aquino remembered the courage and patriotism of Ninoy, saying his martyrdom roused Filipinos to fight for liberty and dignity.
“No exile could lull him into comfort amidst the pleas of his kababayans for a peaceful life; no distance could make him neglect the duties he swore to his motherland. Instead, he headed home, alone, heart burning with fervor, to fight for the democracy he dreamed of reclaiming for his country,” the President said.
“This was the choice that led to his martyrdom, and the turning point of our continuing narrative: In grief, the indomitable Filipino spirit was awakened. This spurred the People Power that brought back our people’s liberty and our national dignity,” Aquino added
He urged all Filipinos to use freedom “to spark a revolution for positive change,” saying that every people should awaken the hero in them.
Aquino said Filipinos have proven that “no challenge is too daunting and no task is too great for a united nation.”
Ninoy came home from three years of exile in the US on August 21, 1983 despite warnings that he would be killed upon his return.
Millions of Filipinos turned out for the daylong procession that carried Aquino’s remains from the Sto. Domingo Church in Quezon City to the Manila Memorial Park in Parañaque City.
His death is widely credited for rousing widespread discontent with the excesses of the Marcos regime that culminated in the People Power Revolution in 1986 that propelled his widow, the late former President Corazon Aquino, to power
CATHERINE S. VALENTE.