Remembering Ninoy, our local braves

We have another long weekend. Thanks to our dear Ninoy Aquino. For the young, he was our rarest senator, who could have been the President if he was not shot at the tarmac on August 21, 1983 upon his return from a three-year self-imposed exile in America. He consistently fought the Marcos dictatorship and never wavered even if it cost his own life. His heroism was though repaid by his own housewife who became the country’s President after becoming the rallying opposition icon in massive protest rallies that culminated in the Edsa Revolution on Feb. 25, 2004 that toppled the Marcos dictatorship.

So it was 25 years ago and we remember our local opposition figures who rallied against the dictatorship in the homefront of the old undivided Davao del Norte, which included today’s Compostela Valley and even the confines of Davao City. No matter that they have gone in separate ways, with some joining even those whom the anti-dictatorship struggle wanted to dismantle, they too contributed in the fight that Ninoy, the progressives and militants and the united people had sacrificed so much at whatever cost that today we are enjoying a larger democratic space.

Certainly, this remembering is wanting as we see now the virtual lack of democratic opposition in our local councils and community leaders who could sustain the spirit and ideals of Ninoy. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

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