President Aquino joins Filipinos in commemorating the 30th Death Anniversary of former Senator Benigno ‘Ninoy’ Aquino, Jr.
MANILA, Aug 21 (Mabuhay) — President Benigno S. Aquino III joined the Filipino people in commemorating the 30th Death Anniversary of former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., saying that each Filipino carries the potential to bring about a lasting transformation in society.
“As we celebrate his courage and patriotism, may we be reminded that individual choice can change the course of our history, and that each and every Filipino carries the potential to bring about lasting transformation in society,” the Chief Executive said in his message commemorating his father’s death anniversary.
The former senator was assassinated on August 21,1983 at the then Manila International Airport now NinoyAquinoInternationalAirport.
His death paved the way for his wife, Corazon C. Aquino, to continue what he had left behind – the fight for the restoration of freedom and democracy.
“On August 21, 1983, my father made the difficult decision to return to his ailing nation. 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.
Thirty years after his death, Ninoy continues to inspire the Filipinos to cope with the challenges of maintaining our restored freedom in the country’s democratic system.
“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,” the President stressed.
“Let the heroes in each of us thrive in our everyday words and action, in service of the greater good; exercise the freedom we enjoy today to spark a revolution for positive change and cast our stake in forging our destiny as a nation. Time and again, we have proven that no challenge is too daunting and no task is too great for a united Filipino nation,” he further said.
The President said the recent history attests to the power of Filipinos’ solidarity as they seized the chance to steer our nation towards the straight and righteous path and to rebuild the just, equitably progressive society that his father aspired for.
“Let us remain steadfast in our journey of renewal and bestow the legacy of an even more mature democracy upon coming generations,” he concluded. (MNS)