The martyrdom of former senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. on August 21, 1983 must be properly commemorated to remind everyone what the country had to go through to regain its freedom, according to a party-list congressman, one of the leaders of the opposition to the Marcos regime.
Buhay party-list Rep. Jose Lito Atienza said in a statement on Thursday that the day Ninoy was killed caused nationwide anger over this “unbelievable murderous act.”
“The youth today did not experience all these with many of them having been born after 1986. Most of them do not even know who Ninoy Aquino is– a modern-day hero who sacrificed his life by returning to the country despite warnings that he would be killed. We should instill in them a sense of pride and gratitude for the shedding of Ninoy’s blood along with the 10,000 Filipinos who lost their lives in the struggle for the restoration of freedom and democracy,” he said referring to the Marcos regime’s martial law period
“The freedom we won at Edsa also restored the country’s democratic institutions such as Congress, which were removed during the early years of martial law. It is but fitting that we properly commemorate and remember August 21 so that we will never forget how we regained the freedom we enjoy today,” Atienza added.
Malacañang urged Filipinos to remember Ninoy’s sacrifices and learn how they could serve the country.
Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said Filipinos should draw inspiration from the heroism of Ninoy, who “selflessly offered his life for the restoration of democracy in our country. “
“Ninoy Aquino continues to inspire generations of Filipinos to overcome difficulties and challenges in attaining their aspirations for a better future,” Coloma said also in a statement.
“As we celebrate his 32nd death anniversary, it is well to reaffirm the duty of every Filipino citizen to contribute to building a stronger democracy and a more prosperous and inclusive society,” he added.
President Benigno Aquino 3rd will visit his father’s grave and hear Mass at the Manila Memorial Park on Friday.
Members of the Ninoy Aquino Movement (NAM) will hold a memorial to the slain senator at the tarmac of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport where he was killed.
“This has been a tradition since the restoration of democracy in1986. Every year, commemorative ceremonies are held at the NAIA, where a historical plaque has been installed,” the NAM said in a statement.
According to former senator Heherson Alvarez, founding president of NAM, the commemoration of Ninoy’s martyrdom is conducted “not only to honor a democratic icon in contemporary Philippine history, but to help preserve the Filipinos’ collective memory of a titanic struggle against tyranny.”
The floral offering will be followed immediately by a requiem Mass at the tarmac that has served as a remembrance of appreciation for Ninoy and all patriots who have passed away and those who are in poor health. It will be followed by the awarding of the Ninoy Aquino Medal of Valor, which is bestowed to distinguished freedom fighters and leaders who assisted the cause of restoring democracy.
This year, former Vice President Teofisto Guingona and August Twenty-One Movement founder and former senator Agapito “Butz” Aquino who just passed away will be given a tribute. International recognition will be given to Father Joseph O’Hare SJ, former American press editor and retired president of Fordman University, the popular folk singing trio Peter, Paul, Mary and Broadway pioneer LaMaMa Theater founder Ellen Stewart, who were distinguished in their human rights based support of the democratic opposition overseas during the dark days of the dictatorship.
Subhead: Pay rules
Private sector employees will get an additional 30 percent of their daily rate when they report for work on Friday, August 21, a special non-working holiday, in observance of Ninoy Aquino Day.
Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said workers who will report to work on Friday are entitled to receive an extra 30 percent of their daily rate on the first eight hours of work [(Daily Rate x 130 percent) + Cost of Living Allowance].
The pay rules issued by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE} added that for work done in excess of eight hours (overtime work), an employee shall be paid an additional 30 percent of his or her hourly rate on said day (Hourly rate of the basic daily wage x 130 percent x 130 percent x number of hours worked).
An additional 50 percent will be given to the workers daily rate on the first eight hours of work [(Daily Rate x 150 percent) + Cost of Living Allowance], will be given to the employee who reported for work during the special day that also falls on his or her rest day.
It added that for work done in excess of eight hours (overtime work), during a special day that also falls on the worker’s rest day, they will be paid an additional 30 percent of their hourly rate on said day (Hourly rate of the basic daily wage x 150 percent x 130 percent x number of hours worked).
The DOLE noted that the “no work, no pay” principle will apply to employees who are not reporting for work, unless there is a favorable company policy, practice, or collective bargaining agreement (CBA) granting payment on this special non-working day.
“Proper observance of the pay rules on special non-working days will lead to more productive and competent employees. Voluntary compliance with labor laws, including payment of correct wages on holidays, is good for business,” Baldoz said in a statement.