San Fernando City marks Ninoy’s 35th death anniversary
The city government of San Fernando in Pampanga marked on Monday the 35th death anniversary of former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr.
A ceremony unveiling “Ninoy’s” monument and laying of wreath amid a downpour was led by Mayor Edwin Santiago at the city’s Heroes Park, with Sen. Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV as special guest.
“Tayo ngayon ay nagtitipon-tipon upang sariwain ang kabayanihan ni Ninoy, at ipaabot sa bawat isa sa atin, lalo na sa mga kabataan, ang tunay na diwa nito. Kung walang nakaraan, wala tayong paroroonan,” Santiago said at the program, according to a Facebook post of the city information office.
“Mayor EdSa highlighted that Ninoy’s life itself was his greatest contribution to the country for it served as a way to restore freedom and democracy,” the city information office said.
The late Aquino, who led the opposition against the Marcos regime, was assassinated on Aug. 21, 1983 upon his return in Manila after going on exile in the United States.
Ninoy’s death sparked massive demonstrations in the country that led to the People Power Revolution in February 1986. The bloodless revolt ended President Ferdinand Marcos’ control of power, which began in December 1965.
Marcos declared Martial Law all over the starting 1972, curtailing civil liberties that eventually led to violation of human rights.
“We’re happy na sa panahon natin ngayon ay may ala-ala pa rin kay Ninoy Aquino. Medyo matagal na pero, sabi ko nga,maganda na naaalala natin na may mga taong nagsakripisyo para sa ating bayan,” Sen. Bam Aquino said at Monday’s ceremony.
“Sa among mga lingkod bayan, maganda (s’yang) example upang siguraduhin na lahat ng ginagawa namin ay para talaga sa bayan. For the people, maganda na maalala na may lingkod bayan tayo na handang ibigay ang lahat para sa inang bayan,” he added.
The commemoration was also attended by other city officials and guests from the private sector.
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