By Jan Carlo Anolin
Former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III on Thursday said his late parents, Ninoy and Cory Aquino – two leaders who fought for the country’s democracy during martial law, continue to serve as inspiration to the Filipino people to fight for what is “right” for the country.
In his speech during the mass for Cory’s 10th death anniversary at the Manila Memorial Park in Parañaque City, Noynoy recalled how Cory became both a mother and father figure for their family during the “dark times” of martial law.
“Tatay ko po ‘yung simbolo pero nanay ko po ‘yung talagang nagta-trabaho para mapanatili ang ating paglaban sa pagbabalik ng demokrasya,” the former chief executive said.
(My father was the symbol but it was my mother who worked to continue the fight to regain democracy.)
The late former president Corazon Aquino died on August 1, 2009 at 76 years old after more than a year of battling colon cancer.
“Ngayon po siguro nadadama na naman natin ang pangangailangan na talagang maipabalik sa tamang landas at palagay ko po ‘yung inspirasyon ay binibigay parin sa ating nilang dalawa ang siyang magpapanatili sa ating pakikibaka tungo sa tama para sa ating pong bayan,” Noynoy said.
(Perhaps now we are feeling the need to return to the right path and I think the inspiration that the two of them give us will sustain the fight for what is right for the country.)
The former president said his late parents were both reminders that the country, for once, had its leaders who fought for what is “right” despite the “dark situations” brought by martial law.
He also echoed Archbishop Socrates Villegas, urging Filipinos to be remembered as someone who fought for what is “right”.
“Tayo’y dapat gunitahin o maalala hindi dahil para sa mga nagawa o nakamtan natin pero kung saan laban tayo kasali at palagay ko nga ho, tulad ng pinagbilin sa atin ng Poong Maykapal, iisa lang naman ang batayan: Paano ba natin trinato ang ating kapwa?”
(We should be remembered not because for what we did or achieved but for the fight we joined and I think, like what the Almighty God ordered, there is only one standard: How we treated others?)