I was in my third grade then and I was watching cartoons on television when I saw my mother crying.
“Ma, bakit po kayo umiiyak?“, I asked.
“Wala na si Ninoy…binaril siya!“, was all my mother uttered in between sobs.
My mother surely must have idolized Ninoy.
I don’t know who was Ninoy at that time. I did not know his story until during the snap elections in 1986 and only when the People Power broke out that I bothered to learn about what’s happening. And I only learned about the life, struggles and the cause of Ninoy through the komiks that they (apparently on Cory’s side) gave out as campaign materials in the elections.
Today, we commemorate the 25th anniversary of the assassination of Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. who believed that the Filipino nation is worth dying for.
I just hope that his ideals and aspirations still remain in our hearts as we struggle to achieve the kind of freedom that we want as a nation.