‘Be like Ninoy in service to the people, love of country,’ Belmonte tells fellow public servants

Published August 21, 2019, 4:31 PM

by Martin Sadongdong & Antonio Colina

By Chito Chavez

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte urged public servants like her to emulate the commitment of the late Senator Benigno “Ninoy’’ Aquino in serving the people and in his love for the country.

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte (Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte official Facebook page / MANILA BULLETIN)
Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte
(Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte official Facebook page / MANILA BULLETIN)

In her message during the 36th commemoration of the martyrdom of Aquino on Wednesday, Belmonte recalled how the late senator – a Quezon City resident- inspired a movement that propelled the Philippines to the forefront of democracy.

“Hanggang sa araw na ito ay pinapahanga ako ni Ninoy. Nagsisilbi siyang inspirasyon ko sa pagiging lider na totoong maglilingkod at magbbigay lakas at boses sa mamamayan sa pamamagitan ng good governance (I am still impressed until now by Ninoy. He was an inspiration on how a true leader should serve and provide the voice of the people through good governance),” Belmonte said.

When he was a senator, Belmonte said Aquino was the closest rival of then President Ferdinand Marcos Sr., and one of the first political prisoners detained during the Martial Law years.

Even in prison, Aquino still acted as a powerful political catalyst that made him a serious threat to the Marcos dictatorial regime, according to Belmonte.

When he went back to the Philippines from undergoing medical operation in the United States, Aquino was assassinated upon his arrival at the then Manila International Airport on August 21, 1983.

“On this day, 36 years ago, Ninoy died courageously in the name of people’s rights and freedom. May Ninoy’s selfless deed makes us, public servants, realize democracy’s fullest meaning for our people,” Belmonte added.

Belmonte led this year’s commemoration, her first as the city’s chief executive with Vice Mayor Gian Sotto.

They were joined by the National Historical Commission, Quezon City Police District, Quezon City- Bureau of Fire Protection, Boy Scouts of the Philippines, Inner wheel club of the Philippines, Rotary Club District 378, city department heads, and city barangay officials.