NINOY - MARTYR FOR ALL PEOPLE FOR DEMOCRACY AND FREEDOM

NINOY

MARTYR FOR ALL PEOPLE FOR DEMOCRACY AND FREEDOM

by Former Senator Heherson T. Alvarez
Commissioner, Climate Change Commission

August 25, 2013, Tarmac, Ninoy Aquino International Airport


WE HAVE POSTPONED THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF NINOY’S MARTYRDOM, HERE AT THE TARMAC, WHERE HE WAS ASSASSINATED AND HIS BLOOD IS SPILT.

BUT AMIDST THE TERRIFYING FLOODS AND DAYS OF DARK RAINS, COMMUNITIES AND HOUSEHOLDS HERE AND MANY PLACES IN THE WORLD CELEBRATED NINOY’S MARTYRDOM.

FOR ALTHOUGH THE WORLD IS HONORED BY THOUSANDS OF HEROES LIKE SIMON BOLIVAR OR OUR OWN BONIFACIO, MABINI, THE DEL PILARS OR MALVAR, YOU CAN COUNT  WITH YOUR FEW THE MARTYRS OF THE WORLD LIKE GANDHI AND JOSE MARTI.

AND THERE COULD ONLY BE ONE MORE MARTYR- FILIPINO LIKE NINOY WHO SUFFERED TO CONFRONT A CERTAIN DEATH, FOR THE CAUSE OF JUSTICE, PEACE AND DEMOCRACY.

THE FILIPINO NATION WITNESSED WITH ANGUISH THAT WELL ARTICULATED ASSASSINATION AND THE WORLD LOOKED IN ADMIRATION AND SADNESS AT NINOY’S PEACE-SEEKING HOMECOMING AND DEATH.

FOR MANY DECADES AND CENTURIES THE COURAGE, THE LIGHT OF NINOY’S WHOLE LIFE AND STRUGGLE WILL CONTRAST WITH THOSE WHO DECEIVE KILL, STEAL AND IMPOVERISHED OUR PEOPLE.

WE HONOR OURSELVES AS WE HONOR AND REVERE HIS INDOMITABLE AND PEACEFUL QUEST FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND DIGNITY AGAINST THE GREED OF FALSE LEADERS AND THE LIES OF CRUEL AND COMMON POLITICIANS.