It was 30 years ago today…

By Cecile Caguingin-Ochoa

This week on August 21 marks the 30th anniversary of the martyrdom of former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr., then the popular leader of the Philippine opposition against the Marcos dictatorship. As fate would have it, a popular uprising that ousted Marcos catapulted his wife Cory Aquino to become the first woman President of the Philippines. Today, Ninoy and Cory’s son Benigno “Pnoy” Aquino III heads the economically-struggling country still riddled with government inefficiencies and continuously bereft of an effective nationalist agenda.

In L.A., a celebration of Ninoy Aquino will be held on August 24, 2013, at 7 p.m. at the Carson Community Center in Carson. Ken Kashiwahara, an ABC News correspondent and also the brother-in-law of Ninoy, will be the guest speaker. He was the last person Ninoy had spoken with before he was gunned down at the Manila airport tarmac 30 years ago.

The FilAm L.A. is republishing here a YouTube link to Aquino’s last speech delivered in Los Angeles before he was killed in broad daylight on August 21, 1983, a death that changed the course of Philippine history albeit not exactly the direction of the government’s priorities.

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