With 2,000 military and police personnel on the tarmac, China Airlines Flight 811 touched down at what was then the Manila International Airport, A man stepped out of the plane with an entourage of several foreign journalists for “protection” in case “something” happened, plus a heavy security escort following inches behind. In a matter of minutes, a gunshot was heard and the man dropped to the ground face down.
He was Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr., the man whom most Filipino called “the greatest president we never had”.
Yes, I’m being patriotic this week. I rather right this than my Homecoming from Switzerland…My homecoming from swiss, well I can right a few line regarding that before my patriotic Blog. So when I arrived from the airport I was greeted by a big big entourage of cars….MANILA TRAFFIC entourage… I almost got out of the car because of frustration and start running from the airport to my house, it will only take an easy 45mins run than an hour and 30mins on the car…I should do that next time…good training, right boss to loosen my legs after the long flight.
Back to the real Blog:
When I arrived here in my Motherland last week from Switzerland everything around me was yellow. I forgot that there will be an upcoming major holiday in the country, the Ninoy Aquino day. Last August 21,2009 was the 26th death anniversary of one of the most remarkable man in Filipino history. This year his wife, the former President Corazon “Cory” Aquino died, she lost her battle to cancer, made it more special.
Ninoy Aquino was one of the many opposition leader against President Ferdinad Marcos administration. He was one of the first people who was imprisoned right after Marcos announced Martial Law in the Philippines. Until now there are many conspiracy and still his assassination is unsolved.
1983, While he was in United States, he was determined to return especially after having heard of the declining political situation in the Philippines, as well as Marcos’ growing health risk due to lupus. His original intention in coming home was to talk to Marcos and convince him to restore democracy through peaceful means.
Despite set backs with his passport; threatening airlines that they will be denied landing rights if they fly him in; and threats of imprisonment and even death, Aquino persevered insisting that “If it’s my fate to die by an assassin’s bullet, so be it… the Filipino is worth dying for.”
Because of one man who voiced out, one man who had courage to fight the unstoppable and one man who died for his beloved country. Millions of Filipino unite and turn the history around.
So this upcoming Saturday near the tarmac of Incheon International Airport, Korea. I’ll try to do my best for the country. I’ll race, I’ll fight to the end, because I know that Filipino is worth dying for.
Wait a minute….. I don’t want to die…… I’ll revise it “ Filipino is Worth Fighting for”..it’s the same thing…. no comment Pls.
Thanks Ninoy… Tuloy parin ang Laban at Laban kung Laban!!! In English… The Fight Continues….Fight “kung” Fight!