- President Rodrigo Duterte said the public must reflect on Ninoy’s legacy
- He issues this as the country commemorates Ninoy’s 34th death anniversary
- Duterte has not been friendly in his remarks towards former President Noynoy Aquino
President Rodrigo Duterte may not have the nicest words for former president Benigno Aquino III but he called on the public to reflect on the legacy of his father, the late Marcos oppositionist Benigno Aquino Jr.
“Through his words of wisdom, let us reflect on his life and realize that, indeed, the Filipino is worth dying for,” Rappler quoted Duterte’s statement.
“History is witness to how Ninoy’s work as a journalist and politician drove him to effect positive and meaningful changes in our society… Up until the very end of his life, he inspired a peaceful revolution that resulted to liberties we enjoy,” he also said.
The country will commemorate the 34th death anniversary of the democracy icon on Monday, August 21.
Aquino was known as the number one political rival of the late President Ferdinand Marcos and his authoritarian rule.
The senator’s death, upon being shot at the tarmac of the Manila International Airport, sparked the stronger resistance against the Martial Law that culminated to the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution.
Aquino’s wife, Cory eventually took on the presidency after Marcos and his family left Malacañang and went to exile in Hawaii.
Ironically, Duterte is known for his ties with the Marcos family. He also allowed Marcos’ burial at the Heroes’ Cemetery last year.
This compared to his relationship with Aquino’s son. The long-time Liberal Party politician has been called an idiot by Duterte after former president criticized his war against drugs.