President Marcos urges the public to disregard political biases and joins fellow Filipinos in commemorating the death of his father’s critic, the late Senator Benigno ‘Ninoy’ Aquino Jr., on August 21, 2023.

As the nation comes together to remember the 40th death anniversary of Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has called for a renewed spirit of unity that transcends political divisions. Despite being the staunchest critic of his father’s administration, Marcos recognized Aquino’s unwavering determination and encouraged the public to look beyond differences for the betterment of the Philippines.

In his poignant message delivered on Monday, August 21, the President emphasized the need to set aside political biases and join hands for the country’s progress and welfare. “In our unyielding pursuit of a more united and prosperous Philippines, let us overcome political barriers that hinder us from securing the holistic well-being and advancement of our fellow citizens,” Marcos stated. He urged the population to embrace clarity of thought and a shared purpose, envisioning a future that aligns with the nation’s aspirations.

Ninoy Aquino, a man who fearlessly stood for his convictions and engaged in battles he believed were just, stands as an enduring symbol of determination and resolve for countless Filipinos. President Marcos acknowledged Aquino’s contribution, showcasing his evolution from a critical figure to an icon of relentlessness. “By remaining steadfast in his beliefs and fighting for causes he held dear, he became a beacon of tenacity and determination for the people,” Marcos acknowledged.

UPDATE: President Marcos joins the public in commemorating the 40th death anniversary of late Senator Ninoy Aquino, urging Filipinos to put aside political differences.

The call for unity goes beyond mere rhetoric for President Marcos. He envisions a nation that thrives on collaboration, embraces diversity, and fosters an atmosphere pulsating with vitality and inspiration. Marcos advocates for a Philippines grounded in reason and resilience, where political differences fade into the background and the collective welfare becomes the paramount concern.

“When our love for our country becomes the guiding force behind our words and actions, we create an environment where empathy, compassion, and dialogue flourish. This paves the way for an enlightened and harmonious society,” Marcos asserted. His vision extends towards tangible progress, driven by an unwavering spirit that uplifts every Filipino and constructs an all-encompassing and progressive Philippines.

In observance of Republic Act No. 9256, the 21st of August each year is designated as Ninoy Aquino Day. A figure recognized not only as the spouse of the late President Corazon Aquino but also as a senator and a prominent critic of the former Marcos administration. Aquino’s resistance led to his arrest during the declaration of martial law, where he faced unfounded charges of murder, illegal possession of firearms, and subversion. His persistence prompted his participation in the 1978 elections.

Tragedy struck in 1980 when Aquino suffered two heart attacks, leading the Aquino family, under the arrangement of former First Lady Imelda Marcos, to seek medical treatment in the United States. However, upon his return to the Philippines in 1983, he met a tragic end through assassination, a turning point that would ultimately catalyze significant change.

Two years following Ninoy Aquino’s untimely demise, Filipinos united under the banner of the historic EDSA People Power Revolution, successfully toppling the Marcos regime. This demonstration of collective strength emphasized the power of unity in effecting transformational change.

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In a world marked by divisions, President Marcos’s call for unity during the commemoration of Ninoy Aquino’s legacy resonates as a timely reminder of the importance of transcending differences. The vision of a Philippines that places the nation’s welfare above all else stands as a testament to the enduring spirit of the Filipino people. As the country remembers a pivotal moment in its history, it also looks ahead to a future where unity and progress march hand in hand.