Ninoy paid ultimate price of dying for freedom

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Friday, August 22, 2014

THE 31st death anniversary of former senator and icon of democracy Benigno Aquino Jr. was remembered by Negrosanons in rites held at the hero’s monument near the old Bacolod airport in Singcang Thursday.

The gathering was attended by members of the “Yellow Army” in Negros Occidental, Liberal Party men and women, government leaders, and students.

Government Service Insurance System chairman Daniel Lacson said Aquino is instrumental in regaining the country's freedom from dictatorship.


Lacson said in a television interview that he had the opportunity to be with “Ninoy” when he was still a college student.

"We had an activity then and I was asked to fetch Ninoy Aquino at the airport. From the airport to La Salle University, he was telling me stories one after another that he can really captivate you when he talks,” Lacson said.

He added that when Aquino started talking before about 5,000 students, one can almost hear a pin drop inside the gym.

“Everyone was so silent and was intently listening to him. It took him about 45 minutes to finish his talk, but it was so straight from the heart that everybody felt what he was talking about. That was Ninoy Aquino, the speaker and the person," he said.

Lacson added that the popular line of Aquino, "The Filipino is worth dying for" is very much alive.

"We have progressed because of the freedom and democracy that we regained. Ninoy paid the ultimate price of dying to regain our freedom and democracy. We should relive the lessons that we learned from our past that brought our country where we are today," he said.

Other officials present were Abang Lingkod partylist Representative Stephen Paduano, 5th District Representative Alejandro Mirasol, Games and Amusement Board Chairman Ramon Juan Guanzon and some Bacolod councilors.

Councilor Ana Marie Palermo, along with other Liberal Party members, took their oath as LP officers of Bacolod City.

They offered a wreath and lighted candles in front of the monument. (CNC)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 22, 2014.

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