Aquino’s 30th death anniversary commemorated-A A +A
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
DESPITE the heavy rain caused by storm-enhanced monsoon, the City of Manila pushed through with its commemoration of the 30th death anniversary of martyred former Senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr. on Wednesday.
Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada and Vice Mayor Isko Moreno led the wreath-laying rites at the Aquino monument along Katigbak and Bonifacio Drive. No member of the Aquino family was present in the program.
President Benigno Aquino III, son of the former senator, was checking the condition of flood victims in evacuation centers in Laguna and Mandaluyong City.
Just as he went down the plane to meet hundreds of people waiting outside the Manila International Airport on August 21, 1983, Ninoy Aquino was shot at the back of his head by a still unknown gunman.
Ninoy, whose bloodied face was shown during the wake, was laid to rest on August 31, 1983 at the Manila Memorial Park in Parañaque City.
Some two million people reportedly filled the streets of Manila to witness the funeral convoy.
There were suspicions that Ninoy's political nemesis, the late President Ferdinand Marcos, instructed his most trusted aide General Fabian Ver to carry out the assassination, a theme supported by the Agrava Commission, which investigated the case until December 1985.
But no link was established to pin down Marcos on Ninoy's death.
Marcos said the killer could have been Rolando Galman, who was also gunned down by the aviation security personnel after Ninoy was shot.
Banking on her husband’s legacy, Corazon Aquino ran and won the hotly-contested 1986 snap presidential elections against Marcos.
She helped galvanized public support for the ouster of the Marcos regime on February 25, 1986 through “People Power Revolution.”
The new president likewise launched an investigation to find the real perpetrators. The probe yielded 16 soldiers who were subsequently sentenced to life imprisonment.
However, some of them were released and President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo freed the last convict in March 2009. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)