Palace: Keep spirit of Ninoy’s martyrdom alive

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Malacañang on Wednesday called on Filipinos to remember the martyrdom of opposition leader Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., and asked that young people–who may not have been born yet when he was assassinated in 1983–to follow the model that he set.

Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda issued the statement on the eve of the 31st anniversary of Aquino’s homecoming and assassination at the international airport that now bears his name.

“Thirty-one years ago, Ninoy Aquino came home to prove that the Filipino is worth dying for. He joined the ranks of the martyrs who stood for our national freedom and integrity: Jose Rizal, Jose Abad Santos and Ninoy Aquino’s fellow victims of martial law,” Lacierda said in a news conference.

Aquino, the father and namesake of President Benigno Aquino 3rd, flew home from exile in the United States on August 21, 1983, despite warnings that he would be killed upon his return.


His assassination shocked not only the country but the rest of the world and awakened the entire Filipino nation, which started a series of protests, rallies, marches and demonstrations throughout the Philippines.

According to Lacierda, former senator Aquino’s “supreme sacrifice” was one of ultimate faith in the Philippines and his fellow Filipinos—anchored on the principle that only peaceful reconciliation with justice would achieve the restoration of democracy.

“As we pause in prayer and reflection, let us revisit Ninoy Aquino’s undelivered arrival statement, which is available in the original English and Filipino translation on the Official Gazette,” he said.

“Let us pledge to transmit his thoughts and the reasons he took his fateful stand to the generations who were not yet around in 1983, but who continue to enjoy the freedom of choice, thought and expression that he fought and died for, and which characterizes our country today,” Lacierda added.

Malacanang reminded the public that August 22, Friday, is not a holiday.

Presidential Communications Secretary Hermnio Coloma Jr. said August 22 will be a regular working day.

The nation will commemorate Ninoy Aquino Day on August 21, Thursday, while National Heroes Day will be observed on August 25, Monday.

Ninoy Aquino Day is a special non-working day, while National Heroes Day is a regular holiday.

Coloma said the Aquino family will hold a simple gathering to commemorate the death of former senator and democracy icon Ninoy Aquino.

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  1. Noy V. Brizuela on

    I DON’T THINK ANYone OF Senator’s NiNoy immediate member of the family understand what was exactly the REAL purpose of his “Homecoming”!?..Had Kris and NoyNoy (original plan) decided to join us on the trip…Maybe and just maybe…THINGS could had been very different!???right?!…ALSO, Sen. NiNoy was not assassinated, he was EXECUTED/MURDERED…brutally…surrounded by military escorts!?..It is not assassination! All his travel documentations were all Genuine and Real! I got VISAS for both Passports! mvnoy,

  2. Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda issued the statement on the eve of the 31st anniversary of Aquino’s homecoming and assassination at the international airport that now bears his name.
    And now that airport is now the worst airport in the world, Thanks to his one and only retarded son who impounded the 1.16 billion fund meant to rehabilitate the worst airport in the world and use it to bribe the lawmakers to get what he want.

  3. Cory terms had past and on 2016 Pnoy will finish his term, still they don’t want to conduct further investigation of Ninoys assassination, There is a book which exposed who is really behind Ninoys killing , it also explains the real intention of Ninoy in returning to our country, this book is worth reading, it also gives an idea that the plan of Ninoy become a reality, for him to be regarded as a hero even he knew that he will be killed , he preferred to be assasinated that to die of a natural death, unrecognized. Now the fruit of his sacrifice benefited Cory and Pnoy but not the citizenry since our country is still in poor state, corruptions are still rampant.

  4. The role Ninoy was about to play is to try to understand why the only woman “Cory Aquino” she had ever committed with pledge of undying love deserted him so untimely and unexpectedly by filling dissolution of marriage in Boston, Massachusetts? Cory stood him up at the point were they’ve just at the onset of developing and raising a decent family. While, Cory’s blood line known as the Cojuangco family remains so defiant with Ninoy’s reluctant and averse political principles. In the same manner, Ninoy’s contradictory move to a prior agreement with the communist is persisting.

    Ninoy’s heart was so badly broken and the only option it can be mended is for him to go home and face the lone bullet meticulously prepared for him by the oligarch perpetrators. No wonder it was never resolved even during Cory’ tenure and Noynoy don’t intend to delve with it anymore.

  5. NINOY THREE SENSE OF DESPAIR
    The role Ninoy was about to play is to try to understand why the only woman “Cory Aquino” she had ever committed with pledge of undying love deserted him so untimely and unexpectedly by filling dissolution of marriage in Boston, Massachusetts? Cory stood him up at the point were they’ve just at the onset of developing and raising a decent family. While, Cory’s blood line known as the Cojuangco family remains so defiant with Ninoy’s reluctant and averse political principles. In the same manner, Ninoy’s contradictory move to a prior agreement with the communist is persisting.

    Ninoy’s heart was so badly broken and the only option it can be mended is for him to go home and face the lone bullet meticulously prepared for him by the oligarch perpetrators. No wonder it was never resolved even during Cory’ tenure and Noynoy don’t intend to delve with it anymore.

  6. Nag Open-Letter si F. Sionil Jose nuon kay newly-elected Noynoy. F. Sionil Jose thought that when Noynoy steps into Malakanyang, that Noynoy will pursue the answer to the question “Who masterminded the assasination on the Tarmac”.

  7. nod if you agree on

    Please pardon my ignorance.

    Can anyone tell me about the public life of Ninoy? What kind of Senator was he? I mean, besides being the most vocal critic of the Marcos regime.

    All the hype about his death and his contributions to what we are supposed to be “enjoying”, the Philippine DemoCrazy.

  8. The world will be shocked, but not to everyone when they learn that the people who are behind the Aquino assasination was someone who is related to him. And what did Aquino did to the people of the Philippines? He never authored any bill that would have benefited the people expecially the poor. He was never a martyr. Poor people of the Philippines are in worse shaped than before the EDSA. EDSA was a fake revolution. I may say that lots of Filipinos are suckers.

  9. I dont believe He’s a hero. His death has nothing to do with country, But was about personal squabble.

    • And so is his wife, Cory , it’s all about the 6,000 hectares of Hacienda Luisita that they wanted to hold-on more than they should, which belongs legally to the poor farmers which caused further rift leading to the personal vendetta vs GMA and CJ Renato Corona

  10. what a hypocrite for a son!!!! he wants everybody to keep his father’s spirit alive yet it crossed his mind to change the constitution so he can run for another term and serve not only his interests but also that of those who are rallying for him to change it. a position his father despised and fought against it during the marcos years. the same thing goes with his mom. who was also against such an idea. can’t Pnoy think right for himself? does he really think that he will get a fresh mandate from the people if ever the constitution was changed so he can run a second term? does he really think that he is the only one appointed by the people to really make a change in government? the mere fact that he cannot and will not respect the supreme court is a blatant attack on the constitution itself. maybe it is something that he is not aware of or he is just simply ignorant. and by the way, how can you ask the filipino people to keep his father’s spirit alive when in fact, he himself is too damn lazy to even find out who the real killers of his father were.

  11. Roldan Guerrero on

    All I can say is we should not be blinded by false Media Propaganda. There is a saying that goes: ” LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON” and this is very precise to the AQUINOS! What has NINOY done for the country`s benefit? He did nothing in his term as a senator but to create troubles for Marcos. Until now they cant prove that Marcos was behind his assasination, yet they continue to demonize the Marcoses, so bad that consolidated accomplishments of all Phil. Presidents could not equal Marcos` accomlishments. What has BSA done? History will tell how he abused PDAF and DAP and how life became most difficult for the Filipinos in his regime.