Ninoy is dead

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By Carlos Legaspi Jr.

Questions that Matter

Thursday, August 28, 2014

I WAS in third year high school when the news broke out about a former senator gunned down at the tarmac of the Manila International Airport. My uncles and aunts were hooked on the live but hazy feeds from RPN TV 8 then. It was the birthday of my cousin, so we were all in the big house waiting for news to come in. Calls from our relatives in Manila were telling us to prepare for the worst. The economy and politics in the country will surely be affected by this event.

All the goings in and out of the house was nothing to me. I did not even know who Ninoy Aquino was at that time. My concern was our forthcoming tests in Chemistry. Our teachers at school never talked about what is happening in the country. My only recollection of the events of that time was that Marcos was in control and status quo politics should be maintained.

A few days after the death of Ninoy, my small mind started to open and see the realities as they unfold in the streets. Welgang bayan were organized. People walking from the north and south extremities of the province could be seen in the plaza. Since I go home to Lacson Street at that time, I always see a lot of protests.


On television, one could see the multitudes attending the burial of Ninoy. The speeches against Marcos were heard over radio stations but Marcos loyalists were swift in coming back. RPN 8 and Daily Express were very vigilant to answer any queries about the death of Ninoy. Kit Tadtad was always on call as Marcos information man. The military was always on full alert and the Integrated National Police (INP) was always checking and patrolling every area suspected for small rebellion or disturbance.

Classes continued while the masses are now up with their eyes wide open to the realities of hostilities and corruption under the Marcos regime.

Many “heroes” now come out in the open and openly comment on the sad state of the country. I began listening to how this people would make good commentaries about the realities that the regime are doing. My small mind now became a little open to the radical thoughts that were never taught to me at school.

Anger and hatred sipped into me. Oppressions of the poor and the radical became the fashion of the day. It was worse than the martial law years. It became clearer that Marcos had no more control over the masses and that new politicians are coming out.

Marcos in his fear of losing the masses called for a snap election on February of 1986. The move that said it all. I was transformed from a passive on looker to a now active youth. However, I had no close-in companions from my school.

I started to think and comprehend more than what I can see. It was the start of my mind climbing the stairs of analysis.

The death of Ninoy has really sparked something in me. I do not hope that another Ninoy will sacrifice his life for us to wake up at this worst time in the country’s history.

Today and during the time of the great Corazon Aquino, I see clearly the waste of legacy and blood of Ninoy. I feel ashamed of what Noynoy, the great is doing to the country – the destruction of the educational system, the charter change, incompetent and selfish leaders in the government and a “friend” who dictates the presidency.

This happens when a leader is accidentally placed in position.

St. Ezekiel Moreno, Sts. Lorenzo Ruiz and Pedro Calungsod, Pope St. John Paul II, Mons. John Liu and John Su, Sir Faraon Lopez, pray for us.

Thank you very much to all who have participated in the festivities for St. Ezekiel Moreno. Special thanks to USLS and Chamber. Viva san Ezekiel.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 28, 2014.


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