The Filipino people will be celebrating the 26th death Anniversary of Ninoy, a former Senator who was detained during martial law because of his political stand and gunned down at the tarmac of the Manila International Airport (now Ninoy Aquino). But his death triggered massive protest rallies condemning Marcos which eventually ousted him from power. Cory, his wife became the president and democracy was finally restored.
Unfortunately Cory (Corazon C. Aquino), who became the first president died and buried on the same historic month of August, is no longer there to attend to the death anniversary of her husband Ninoy. It’s destiny perhaps that brought them back together again in death; both buried on the same place, but remain alive in the hearts of millions of Filipinos. Their unquestionable heroic deeds and struggle for freedom and democracy (now enjoyed by the Filipinos) shall continously inspire this nation and make every Filipino proud of their land.
But Ninoy and Cory’s struggle continues for as long as their are still forces that aim to divide this land, threaten the gains of freedom and democracy, and stifle our social and economic growth because of corruption in the government. Yes Ninoy and Cory’s struggle shall never end for as long as injustices reign; and for as long as corrupt elected officials remain in power because of dishonest elections.
And who will continue this fight to get rid of corruption and safeguard our democratic ideals? No one else but us; every patriotic citizen who loves his country and freedom shall take part in the struggle of Cory and Ninoy (and sacrifice his/her life if necessary) in thoughts, in words, and deeds. Freedom is not free; you have to fight for it. And once it is won, you have to protect it. I agree with Senator Noynoy Aquino (the son of Cory and Ninoy), ” the destiny of our country cannot be shaped by one family alone,” but all of us Filipinos!
Cory at Ninoy hindi nasayang ang mga pagpapakasakit ninyo. Patuloy naming babantayan ang demokrasyang nakamit ng ating bansa, at patuloy din naming babantayan ang kapakanan ng mga mamayan mula sa mga ganid at sino mang mapang-aping rehimen na namumuno at mamumuno sa pamahalaang Pilipinas.Tuloy ang buhay, tuloy ang laban!