In commemoration of former Senator Ninoy Aquino’s 36th death anniversary, President Rodrigo Duterte joined the celebration and wrote his message, saying the late leader played an important role in the restoration of the country’s democracy.
“Today, we remember Benigno S. Aquino, Jr and his important role in restoring our democratic institutions more than three decades ago,” the President said in a message released by Malacañang.
Duterte also acknowledged Ninoy’s sacrifice that made a significance in the Philippine history and continues to set Filipinos’ brave spirit on fire.
“His sacrifice altered the course of our nation’s history and still continues to ignite the spirit of heroism among our people,” he said.
The President hopes that this “auspicious occasion remind us of what we had lost so that we may remain committed to our solemn duty to safeguard the freedoms that we now enjoy.”
“I also hope that Ninoy’s remarkable life as a public servant will move my fellow government workers to serve with honor, integrity and purpose as well as inspire our youth to be of service to their country and fellowmen,” Duterte added.
In addition, he expressed his desire that the public servants may be encouraged to work justly just as how Ninoy served during his time.
“I also hope that Ninoy’s remarkable life as a public servant will move my fellow government workers to serve with honor, integrity and purpose as well as inspire our youth to be of service to their country and fellowmen.”
The President continued his message, recognizing that the government still has to work on a lot of areas in order to fully resolve the ills plaguing the Philippines, which have been existent since the time of Ninoy.
“Despite our gains in these past three years, there is still a lot that needs to be done if we are to completely eradicate the poverty, corruption and injustice that had plagued our nation even during Ninoy’s time,” he said.
“Let his example guide to as we strive to uplift and protect the most vulnerable in our society and ensure that all Filipinos will enjoy the blessings of freedom, democracy and the rule of law,” Duterte added at the end of his note.
In 1983, Ninoy was shot and killed at the Manila International Airport after coming back from his exile in the United States.
Later, the gateway was named after him, currently being Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).