President Duterte Urged to Remove Ninoy Aquino Day From Philippine Holidays Before Marcos Burial
Is it time to remove the Ninoy Aquino Day as one of Philippine holidays? This question is now going rounds in social media, and was raised after President Rodrigo Duterte reiterated that he is allowing the burial of late late President Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes’ Cemetery). Apparently, many netizens said, “Yes.”
As initially asked in 39-second video via What’s Up Youtube channel this Monday, August 8, the question was – “Is it time that the Ninoy Aquino Day will no longer be included in the list of Philippine National holidays?” The video also shows a yellow banner of the late Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. and the date of Ninoy Aquino day, August 21.
The said video is also asking its viewers if they consider Ninoy Aquino as a real hero or a fake one. As we all know, he is the husband of the late President Corazon “Cory” Aquino and the father of former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, the predecessor of President Duterte. Ninoy is also considered as the toughest critic of late President Marcos.
Ninoy Aquino was assassinated on August 21, 1983 at the tarmac of Manila International Airport, and died of a single gunshot in the head. He used the name “Marcial Bonifacio” as his alias when he returned from his self-imposed exile, and his arrival was covered live by local media. Various investigations were conducted, but the real mastermind was never known.
To commemorate his death, every August 21 of the year was declared as Ninoy Aquino Day, and is currently a national non-working holiday in the Philippines. It was signed into law on February 25, 2004 by then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo via Republic Act 9256. In addition, the Manila International Airport was renamed to Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
But as time goes by, a growing number of Filipinos suggested that Ninoy Aquino is a fake hero and was a traitor to his country. To this date, many Filipinos say they believe that Ninoy did not die for his country, but rather for his dream to replace Marcos as president. Some of them noted that Ninoy was only good in speeches but did nothing as a hero.
This coming August 21, 2016 is the 33th death anniversary of Ninoy. On the other hand, the late President Marcos will be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, with a tentative date of September 18, less than a month later. This is despite the fact that many Aquino supporters disagree, including Vice President Leni Robredo and Senator Risa Hontiveros.
On the opposite side, many Marcos loyalists and Duterte supports are urging President Duterte to remove the Ninoy Aquino Day as national holiday before the Marcos burial takes place. Please share us your thoughts below, but without foul words. Otherwise, your comment will be deleted. We respect freedom of speech, as long as you don’t abuse it.