Patricide: The Murder of Ninoy Aquino by Noynoy Aquino

By N Mark Castro

For the entirety of his short-lived  life, assassinated political martyr Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr. fought for the freedom of the Filipino people from the tyranny of the Marcos Administration. Together with his fellow opposition colleagues, Ninoy used all available platforms at his disposal to speak of the curtailed freedom of a nation mired deeply in Martial Law. He spoke, he wrote, he orated, he debated, he critiqued,  he engaged, he protested, and when that was not enough, he wrote some more. His writings were published wherever it could find ink. And when technology came, his speeches were recorded in Betamax.

Until his fellow fraternity brother, President Ferdinand Marcos, had had enough that he was put in jail on trumped up charges:  rebellion, communism, terrorism or whatever label they could apply upon him. If there was no law that governed his actions, they created one for him. If there was no cell that could hold him, they created one for him.

Yet even from his cell, he could not be silenced … because he wanted to speak for those who were muted, and stood up for those who could not.

And for that he was deprived of his freedom, for that he was displaced from his family, and for that they systematically robbed him of his life.

Until his heart weakened yet his “indomitable spirit” continued to fight. He was sent away to the US to receive medical treatment and, for a brief peaceful moment, he was reunited with his family.

But he would not rest on the comforts provided by America. He spoke to anyone who would listen. He wrote to anyone who would read. His speeches that made way to the most popular platform at the time, the Betamax video, became such a legendary bootlegged copy that went around in the underground. Yes, video piracy was encouraged then.

Former senator Ninoy Aquino made so much noise from the US that reverberated in the halls of Malacanang Palace that, they knew, they had to send him back.

Ninoy could’ve remained silent and enjoyed the company of his family, but he did not. He could’ve enjoyed the freedom  afforded to him by America, but he did not. And despite the threat to his life, he flew back to the Philippines to confront his Fate, saying: “The Filipino is Worth Dying For.”

Whether it was under the direct order of then President Ferdinand Marcos — who was allegedly ill at the time — or some power-grabbers that conspired the plan, to this day no one can categorically state as such. All we know is that Ninoy Aquino, Jr., former self-made journalist, former writer, and former Senator of the Republic of the Philippines, never even managed to set foot alive on the earth of his birth. He was supposedly gunned down from behind by the soldiers escorting him from the plane– or by the alleged gunman Rolando Galman.

It required the blood of Ninoy Aquino, Jr. to show how the entire Filipino nation had been kept in the shackles of tyranny that they woke up. Though they managed to silence his voice, they could no longer silence his message.

In his stead, Ninoy Aquino’s wife, Corazon Cojuangco-Aquino, was catapulted into political stardom and unified what was then a squabbling and fragmented opposition. Th Marcos Administration called for a presidential snap elections. She run and naturally lost. Yet during this gripping political story of my youth, the drama that unfolded can never be matched by TV. The official tabulators and counters of the election returns stood up and walked out due to the pressure applied by the administration to cheat in favor of Marcos.  The people rallied and protested and spoke in unison the very same message Ninoy Aquino had single-handedly spoken of before.

And in a twist of fate, then Minister of Defense Juan Ponce-Enrile and General Fidel V. Ramos bolted from the Marcos Administration and holed themselves inside Camp Aguinaldo.  Their plot to wrest power from the Marcos Administration had been long discovered even before they could fire a bullet.

The people would rally behind them and, together with Corazon Aquino, would reclaim the freedom so vocally fought for by Ninoy Aquino during his lifetime and the rest, as they say, becomes the present.

General Fidel Ramos would eventually become the Chief of Staff under President Corazon Aquino, while Juan  Ponce Enrile would become the Minister of Defense Juan. He will later be  accused of staging several coup attempts against President Corazon Aquino. His aide-de-camp then, Col. Gringo Honasan, would lead at least 7 coup d’etat  and would run in hiding upon failing

General Fidel Ramos would later on  become the next president while Juan Ponce Enrile would become a senator several times up to the present, becoming the Senate President that signed off the bill that would go against the very Constitution that he fought for. Col. Gringo Honasan would later emerge to become a Senator of the Republic of the Philippines, and he, too, would sign off the same bill.

After the presidency of General Fidel Ramos, former movie actor and senator Joseph Estrada would be elected as the next president. He would not finish his term as he would be booted out from office as the people would rally behind then Vice-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroy. General Panfilo Lacson, Estrada’s long-time friend and military arm, would abandon the Estradas. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo would sneak 9 years of her presidency under the lazy eyes of the Filipino people and she would prosecute Joseph Estrada and his son, mayor Jinggoy Estrada, for plunder.

After years of incarceration, former mayor Jinggoy Estrada would emerge to become a senator and he, too, would sign off on the Cyberlaw  bill.

Former General Panfilo Lacson would later become a senatoras well but would be  prosecuted by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on trumped-up charges because of his vocal opposition against her administration. He would go into hiding and would only emerge upon the presidency of Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino. But Senator Panfilo Lacson, once prosecuted for his vocal opinion, would return to become a senator again yet he, too, would sign off on the cyberlaw bill.

Edgardo Angara, one of the longest serving presidents of the University of the Philippines, the bastion of academic freedom in the entire Republic of the Philippines, would bank on his academic management all the way to the Senate but, after years of senatorial complacency, he, too, would sign off on the cyberlaw bill.

There are other senators that have signed off on the bill but none as blatantly perplexing as those mentioned and, more importantly, none as enigmatic as the President of the Republic of the Philippines, Benigno Aquino, III, son of Benigno Aquino, Jr and Corazon Cojuangco-Aquino.

Ninoy Aquino needed but one drop of his blood to regain the freedom of the Filipino people; his son, Noynoy Aquino, needed but one drop of his ink to sign the death of that freedom.

Noynoy Aquino did one thing none of us could ever do … kill the “indomitable spirit” that his father spoke of so often to the very last breath of his life.

If that is not patricide, I don’t know what is.

* all pictures were lifted off the internet. Cyberlaw me.


About Asmartrock

N. Mark Castro is the Southeast Asia Director of JUMP DIGITAL Asia, which is an internationally-awarded and fully integrated digital marketing agency with 5 out of 10 offices in the ASEAN region. He is also the Secretary General of the Philippine Business Club Indonesia, managing and assisting the traffic of investments between the Philippines and Indonesia. He shuttles between Indonesia, Philippines, Myanmar, Singapore, Cambodia, and Australia. The views posted here are his own and do not in any way reflect the views of the companies he represents.

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