Ninoy Aquino had been warned. The most dramatic warning about the threats to his life came from the dictatorship’s resident drama queen, the Imeldific first lady herself. Imelda Marcos was still in peak form, indulging her self-perception as the Marcos regime’s most effective diplomat. But she failed. Against the advice of almost everyone he consulted, the opposition senator still decided to return home from three years’ exile in the United States. Upon arrival 31 years ago today, however, he met the fate he had repeatedly been warned against; he was killed in the airport that now bears his name.
On this day 72 years ago, the news dreaded by everyone crackled over short-wave radio: Bataan had fallen.
By Rina Jimenez-David
I don’t know what it is exactly that Sultan Jamalul Kiram III hopes to accomplish by telling his followers to “stay put” in Lahad Datu in Sabah to “reclaim their ancestral homeland.”
By Amando Doronila
The Supreme Court decision on Tuesday reaffirming its ruling of November 2011, ordering the redistribution of Hacienda Luisita owned by President Aquino’s family to more than 6,000 farm workers and fixing the compensation for the sugar estate at P196 million on 1989 prices has been described as a “litmus test” of the resolve of the administration to implement the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program launched by the President’s mother, Cory Aquino, in 1987.
By Solita Collas-Monsod
The decision of the Supreme Court on Hacienda Luisita was announced on Tuesday, April 24. As of this writing (Friday, April 27), the decision has yet to be promulgated. My information is that the discussion of the high court en banc on Tuesday needed to be properly reflected in both the majority decision and in the dissenting opinions, and so some amount of rewriting had to be done. Plus, of course, the signatures of all 14 participating justices (Associate Justice Tony Carpio inhibited himself) have to be affixed. Which is why the delay, and why it still hasn’t been uploaded onto the Supreme Court website.