Guv: ‘Ninoy an epitome of selfless public servant’-A A +A
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
THE country's modern hero, the late Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino III is described by Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. as an epitome of a selfless public servant.
The governor made the statement as the country remembers Wednesday the death of Aquino 30 years ago, who, was assassinated at the tarmac of the Manila International Airport which is known now as the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
"Thirty years ago, the world witnessed the fall of a great Filipino leader, who offered his life for the restoration of our democratic institutions. That incident at the tarmac of then the Manila International Airport transformed us as a nation. The international community suddenly looked at us differently: with highest respects," Marañon said.
He added that the love for country and dedication to a free Filipino nation, Aquino, who also served as governor of Tarlac, “are, no doubt, beyond question.”
Sadly though, three decades later, the same issues that Aquino had set forth continue to hound us. Let Senator Aquino's heroism, therefore, be a reminder to us to remain firm in our commitments for a free nation, whose people are accorded equal opportunities, and freed from the bondage of poverty, the governor said.
As we revisit this episode in the country's history 30 years ago today, let us renew our resolve to do our share, in ways big or small, to continue the fight against poverty and the struggle for a better Philippines, Marañon added.
Liberal Party (LP) officials, meanwhile, will offer a wreath at the shrine of Aquino at the center island near the old Bacolod airport.
Councilor Sonya Verdeflor, LP vice chairman and LP Bacolod execom, will deliver a welcome address during the program to be held 4 p.m.
Councilor Archie Baribar, chairman of LP Bacolod Political Committee, will deliver the memory of the August Twenty One Movement (Atom).
Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella will be the guest of honor and will lead the laying of the wreath and flowers. He will also deliver his inspirational message.
Likewise, there will be a community singing of the song "Bayan ko" to be led by. Annie Rose Britania.
The lightning of candles with yellow ribbons will be led by LP Emeritus Andy Hagad and LP Bacolod chairman Frank Carbon and guests.
Councilor Jocelle Sigue, chair of LP Bacolod City execom will deliver the words of gratitude.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 21, 2013.