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2 opposition senators remember Ninoy

Two opposition senators urged Filipinos Friday to remember the heroism, indomitable spirit, and the love for country that former Sen.
Ninoy Aquino exhibited during his lifetime before his tragic death in 1983.


“I will never forget the tragedy and the inspiration of Ninoy’s death as we must not forget the many who have died for us. Deaths like these are built on extraordinary hope and an unwavering love for the Filipino…I try to remember these sacrifices every day I wake up to do my work as a citizen and as a senator,” Sen. Risa Hontiveros said in a statement on the 37th death anniversary of Ninoy Aquino.

“There was fear that day, 37 years ago. But there was also anger and a passionate desire to do something because things should not remain the same,” she said.

In the middle of a global COVID-19 pandemic, Hontiveros said like Ninoy, the Philippines is now facing similar challenges of threats to democracy and civic liberties.

“Killing has become part of our daily language and we wake up with deaths by the thousands…But let us remember that the greatest act of hope is to return, even in uncertainty,” she said.

“May Ninoy’s heroism challenge us to never accept the oppression and suffering as a given, to always be inspired by the Filipino and work towards building a future that works for all, and lastly, even if it meant fearful uncertainty, to hope. Dreams, after all, are most vivid in the dark,” added the senator.

Detained Sen. Leila de Lima echoed Hontiveros’ statement, saying Ninoy showed his indomitable spirit and love of country by facing all the risks of returning to the Philippines and putting away his personal interests for the well-being of the Filipino people.

“Ipinakulong ng diktador pero patuloy pa ring nanindigan. Hindi natakot. Hindi nanahimik. Piniling bumalik ng bansa upang imulat ang ating mga kababayan sa katotohanan, tuldukan ang kawalang katarungan, at ipaglaban ang demokrasya (He was put to jail by a dictator but he remained steadfast. He was not afraid, he kept on speaking. He chose to return to the country to open the minds of his fellowmen to the truth, to put and end to injustice and to fight for democracy),” De Lima stressed.

De Lima said despite repeated attempts to disregard Ninoy’s legacy, those critics repeatedly failed.

“Patuloy na magmamarka’t mabubuhay sa puso’t diwa ng mga Pilipino, ang dakilang sakripisyo at kabayanihan ni Ninoy Aquino (Ninoy’s heroism and sacrifices, will forever mark and live in the hearts and minds of every Filipino),” she said.

Source: Manila Bulletin (

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