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“How shall freedom be defended? By arms when it is attacked by arms, by truth when it is attacked by lies, by faith when it is attacked by authoritarian dogma. Always, in the final act, by determination and faith.”

― Archibald MacLeish

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Reflections on the August 21,1983 Assassination of Ninoy Aquino

Marcos wanted Aquino killed.  
But he didn’t give the order to do so at the airport.
(Waltzing With A Dictator, Raymond Bonner, p. 351-52).
"During those eight years, I learned the true meaning of humiliation, of courage, of hunger and endless anxiety. Rather than be bitter I have learned to accept my suffering as a cleansing process and a rare opportunity to really grapple with the problems of the Filipino."Ninoy
"I have asked myself many times: Is the Filipino worth suffering, or even dying, for? Is he not a coward who would readily yield to any colonizer, be he foreign or home-grown? Is a Filipino more comfortable under an authoritarian leader because he does not want to be burdened with the freedom of choice? Is he unprepared or, worse, ill-suited for presidential or parliamentary democracy?" Ninoy
The Philippine uprising in the wake of the 1983 assassination of Ninoy Aquino began a global wave of pro-democracy movements that continues today.
Aling pag-ibig pa ang hihigit kaya
sa pagka-dalisay at pagka-dakila
gaya ng pag-ibig sa tinubuang lupa?
Alin pag-ibig pa? Wala na nga, wala.
Andres Bonifacio
He was abused and punished,
    but he didn’t open his mouth.
    He was led like a lamb to the slaughter.
    He was like a sheep that is silent
        when its wool is cut off.
            He didn’t open his mouth.
Isaiah 53:7
Walang mahalagang hindi inihandog
ng pusong mahal sa Bayang nagkupkop,
dugo, yaman, dunong, tiisa’t pagod,
buhay ma’y abuting magkalagot-lagot.
Andres Bonifacio
"Where are the youth who will generously pour out their blood to wash away so much shame, so much crime, so much abomination? " Jose Rizal
“ Where are the youth who will consecrate their budding years, their idealism and enthusiasm to the welfare of their country? Where are the youth who will generously pour out their blood to wash away so much shame, so much crime, so much abomination? Pure and spotless must the victim be, that the sacrifice may be acceptable! Where are you, youth, who will embody in yourselves the vigor of life that has lift our veins, the purity of ideas that has been contaminated in our hearts? We await you, O youth! Come, for we await you!' ” Jose Rizal
“The example could encourage others who only fear to start.” 
― José Rizal
"What would we have gained? Nothing! "
"The Marcoses, Ferdinand and Imelda were the ultimate victims of the Aquino Assassination" Imelda
"The willing sacrifice of the innocent is the most powerful answer to insolent tyranny that has yet been conceived by God and man." Gandhi
“Remember that all through history, there have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they seem invincible. But in the end, they always fall. Always.”― Mahatma Gandhi
"The most powerful symbols are simple ones. As news of the popular Philippine movement to unseat the dictator Marcos swept through the global village in early 1986, one image outshone the others: a brave woman in a yellow dress. Cory Aquino. Up till now her image lingers brightly as a symbol of nonviolent democratic aspiration the world over." Ramon Magsaysay Award Citation