By Rina Jimenez-David
Coming home wasn’t Ninoy Aquino’s first act of defiance against the Marcos regime, as the 2000 article by former senator and Cory Aquino-era executive secretary Joker Arroyo reveals.
By Randy David
If Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. had not been murdered, he would have become, sooner or later, the president of the Philippines. He was only 50 on the day he was killed, Aug. 21, 1983, just minutes after the plane bringing him home from exile landed at the then Manila International Airport. He would have easily won the vote if Ferdinand Marcos, who seized total power in 1972, had allowed free elections to be held after the formal lifting of martial law in 1981. He was the dictator’s most formidable foe. There was never any question that Ninoy Aquino’s star would rise as soon as the Marcos regime fell.
Like being tortured all over again. This must be how it feels for the tens of thousands of survivors required to relive the nightmare of their incarceration and abuse during Ferdinand Marcos’ dictatorship, to be able to qualify for a share of the compensation set aside for them.
By Juan L. Mercado
We flicked through the dictionary for the word that fits a bizarre contrast. In one part of town, Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said he’d run come 2016, adding that his father’s dictatorship had benefited Filipinos. Across town, over 20,000 victims of abuse during the Marcos dictatorship are filing claims for reparation under Republic Act No. 10368.
By Alex Lacson
“When our politicians sleep, our nation moves forward.” You will find this message in many of the streets in Rio de Janeiro these days.