Iconic Avsecom van where Ninoy allegedly died up for restoration

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 20, 2019   •   830

The iconic Aviation Security Command (Avsecom) van where Benigno Aquino Jr. allegedly died on August 21, 1983 is up for restoration.

According to a Facebook post of historian Ambeth Ocampo, the said van “awaits restoration before display in the Human Rights Museum.”

Aquino’s 36th death anniversary will be commemorated on Wednesday (August 21).

“It is believed that Ninoy was still alive when taken in the van but he was not taken directly to a nearby hospital where his life could have been saved. That van witnessed it all but cannot speak,” he added.—AAC

Robredo honors all freedom fighters during Marcos era on Ninoy Aquino Day

Robie de Guzman   •   August 21, 2019

Vice President Leni Robredo

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo on Wednesday honored the sacrifices of the late Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, and all Filipinos like him who fought against dictatorship and for the restoration of freedom in the country.

In a message to mark Ninoy’s 36th death anniversary, Robredo recalled how Ninoy’s death had inspired a movement that brought down the “rapacious” regime of then President Ferdinand Marcos.

“Every Filipino alive at that time remembers where they were when Ninoy fell. It was the defining moment for an entire generation: a moment that would inspire a movement that would ultimately bring down the dictator three years later, and bring about a restoration of the freedom Ninoy had given up his life and liberty fighting for,” Robredo said.

The vice president also pointed out that Ninoy was not the only one who made the ultimate sacrifice for the country’s freedom.

“Thousands of Filipinos fell during the dark years of dictatorship, resisting till their last breath the cruelty and corruption it brought. Thousands more were estranged from their families, were thrown into prison, were subjected to brutality and humiliation. Many of them remain nameless and unheralded in our memorials and history books,” she said.

“So, when we celebrate the 21st of August, it is not just Ninoy Aquino we remember, but all those like him, both the nameless and the heralded, who gave of themselves so that we could be free,” she added.

“In this remembrance, we express both our deepest gratitude for the sacrifices made on our behalf, and, perhaps more significantly, our persistent commitment to defend the freedom they won back for us.”

Robredo also lambasted those who “dismiss the significance of Ninoy’s sacrifice,” or “question the validity of the movement it inspired,” and those who are pushing a revised version of history, claiming that the Marcos regime “was not so bad after all.”

“The simple truth is, Ninoy Aquino was a Filipino who gave his life for his country. His love for his homeland was seen not in easy talk or slick PR stunts, but instead blazed brightly through long years of imprisonment, of exile, and in the end, of martyrdom,” she said.

“Many talk about being willing to die for our country. Ninoy was one of the courageous few who actually did,” she added.

Ninoy, a staunch critic of the Marcos government, was assassinated upon his return from a three-year exile in the United States on August 21, 1983. He was shot and killed at he was shot and killed at the then Manila International Airport (now named after him) as he was escorted off the airplane.

Ninoy’s death led to protests that sparked snap presidential elections in 1986, which led to the 1986 EDSA Revolution that catapulted his wife, Cory Aquino to presidency.

Duterte tells gov’t workers to be like Ninoy Aquino; serve with honor, integrity

Robie de Guzman   •   August 21, 2019

Ninoy Aquino | By president.gov.ph

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday hailed the sacrifice and the important role that the late former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. played in restoring the country’s democracy as the nation marks his 36th death anniversary.

In his message, Duterte said Aquino’s sacrifice altered the course of the nation’s history and still continues to ignite the spirt of heroism among Filipinos.

“Today, we remember Benigno S. Aquino Jr. and his important role in restoring our democratic institutions more than three decades ago. His sacrifice altered the course of our nation’s history and still continues to ignite the spirit of heroism among our people,” he said.

Aquino was a well-known opposition figure and a staunch critic of the then-President Ferdinand Marcos.

He was imprisoned for his beliefs during the Martial Law before he and his family moved to the United States in 1980 to seek medical treatment which eventually led to his self-imposed exile for three years.

Upon returning to the Philippines on August 21, 1983, he was shot and killed at the then Manila International Airport (now named after him) as he was escorted off the airplane.

Ninoy’s death led to protests that sparked snap presidential elections in 1986, which led to the 1986 EDSA Revolution that catapulted his wife, Cory Aquino to presidency.

Duterte also expressed hope that this “auspicious occasion” may remind us of what we had lost “so that we may remain committed to our solemn duty to safeguard the freedoms that we now enjoy.”

“I also hope that Ninoy’s remarkable life as a public servant will move my fellow government workers to serve with honor, integrity and purpose as well as inspire our youth to be of service to their country and fellowmen,” he added.

Duterte also acknowledged that even halfway into his six-year term, there is still much that has to be done to eradicate the problems that plagued the country even during Ninoy’s time.

“Despite our gains in these past three years, there is still a lot that needs to be done if we are to completely eradicate the poverty, corruption and injustice that had plagued our nation even during Ninoy’s time,” he said.

“Let his example guide us as we strive to uplift and protect the most vulnerable in our society and ensure that all Filipinos will enjoy the blessings of freedom, democracy and the rule of law,” he added.

Ika-31 anibersaryo ng kamatayan ni dating Sen. Ninoy Aquino, ginunita ng pamilya Aquino

admin   •   August 22, 2014

President Benigno S. Aquino III before the graves of his parents, President Corazon C. Aquino and Senator Benigno S. Aquino Jr., at the Manila Memorial Park in Parañaque City. 
(Photo : MALACAÑANG PHOTO BUREAU)

MANILA, Philippines — Pinangunahan ni Pangulong Benigno Aquino III ang paggunita sa ika-31 anibersaryo ng kamatayan ng kanilang ama na si dating senador Ninoy Aquino sa Manila Memorial Park, Parañaque City kahapon, araw ng Huwebes.

Kasama ng pangulo ang kaniyang mga kapatid na sina Kris, Ballsy, Viel Aquino at mga pamangkin nito.

Dumating din sa pagtitipon si Senate President Franklin Drilon, Department of National Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin at Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas.

Sa mismong puntod ni dating senador Ninoy ay nagkatipon ang mga kaanak ni Pangulong Aquino.

Halos isang oras lamang tumagal ang programa dito.

Ayon sa Malakanyang, ang araw na ito ay mahalaga upang gunitain ang mga ipinaglaban ni Ninoy.

“For those on the time, no one will forget where they are in August 21, 1983 when the tragic news of Ninoy Aquino’s assassination spread to the great fight his supreme sacrifice of 3 years sustain power efforts to bring back democracy and peaceful means,” pahayag ni Presidential Spokesperson Sec. Edwin Lacierda.

Maging ang mga hindi kakilala ng pamilya Aquino ay nagtungo rin sa Memorial Park at ang iba naman ay may kaniya-kaniyang pamamaraan sa paggunita sa kamatayan ni Ninoy. (Nel Maribojoc / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

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