Ninoy, ‘greatest modern hero’ — Villanueva

Published August 21, 2018, 9:28 PM

by Roel Tibay

By Vanne Elaine Terrazola

Senator Joel Villanueva paid tribute to late Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. whom he described as the country’s “greatest modern hero.”

Senator Joel Villanueva at the Senate on Monday, November 14, 2016. Villanueva was ordered dismissed by the Office of the Ombudsman. Photo by Jansen Romero
Senator Joel Villanueva (Jansen Romero / MANILA BULLETIN)

The Philippines [commemorates today, Tuesday] the death anniversary of Aquino, who has staunchly opposed the dictatorial rule of former President Ferdinand Marcos. He was shot dead on August 21, 1983 at the Manila International Airport, which was later named after him.

“We commemorate the 35th death anniversary of the country’s greatest modern hero, former Senator Ninoy Aquino,” Villanueva said in a statement.

Villanueva urged Filipinos to remember that the freedom they enjoy at present was because of “the lives and deaths of those who ended the oppressive reigns of Martial Law.”

He enjoined Filipinos to “live on the promise of justice, freedom, and development.”

“Let us form a nation of collective trust and cooperation so that we can be the present day Filipinos worth dying for,” he added, citing the famous quote by Aquino.