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Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Day: The Speech You Should Watch

Today, August 21, the Philippines celebrates Ninoy Aquino Day, a national holiday to commemorate the life and death of a martyr, former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, who, like thousands of Filipinos during the Martial Law of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos, fought for the restoration of freedom and democracy. Ninoy Aquino — the husband of former President Corazon “Cory” Aquino and the father of President Benigno “Noynoy Aquino III — was assassinated the very moment he came back to the Philippines on August 21, 1983. There are great documentaries about the life, struggle and death of Ninoy. The best informative video, in our opinion, is not a documentary but the speech delivered by Ninoy two years before his death. On February 15, 1981, Ninoy was the speaker in a symposium by the Movement for a Free Philippines (MFP) at the Wilshire Ebell Theater in Los Angeles. Please take time (almost 2 hours) to watch the full speech (divided into nine parts): Continue reading Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Day: The Speech You Should Watch