MANILA, Philippines – Filipinos trooped to the People Power Monument on EDSA to commemorate the 27th death anniversary of Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr.
Participants led by the Yellow Ribbon Movement (YRM), the Spirit of EDSA Foundation, and EDSA People Power Commission took part in wreath-laying activities.
Aquino supporters also waved flags with the image of the late icon of democracy
A flag ceremony followed led by the Armed Forces of the Philippines and other personalities.
Viel Aquino-Dee, sister of President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, attended the mass that followed.
Several groups signed on the commitment wall “Kasama Ako sa Pagbabago”.
A medical-dental mission for adults and children will be held, sponsored by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).
In Manila, Aquino supporters also attended a wreath-laying ceremony held at 7 a.m.
Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim was first to arrive at the venue followed by one of Ninoy’s friends, Sen. Aquilino Pimentel.
The president’s other sister, Ballsy Aquino-Cruz, arrived at 7:15 a.m. for the wreath-laying.
Also present were Vice President Jejomar Binay, Justice Secretary Leila De Lima, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman Francis Tolentino and students from different universities in Manila.
A 21-gun salute also honored the late democracy icon.
In his speech, Lim recalled the heroism of Ninoy and told students about the hardships that Aquino endured during the period of Martial Law.
Ballsy Aquino-Cruz for her part said her family has forgiven those responsible for their father’s death.
Meanwhile, authorities are implementing tight security measures in and around the Manila Memorial Park in Parañaque City where Ninoy Aquino and his wife, the late president Corazon “Cory” Aquino, are buried.
Radio dzMM correspondent Alex Calda reported that two 6x6 trucks of the Philippine National Police are now parked outside the cemetery in Parañaque City.
Likewise, a mobile patrol of the Paranaque City Police is going around the cemetery.
Flowers now adorn the tombs of the Aquino couple. Some people were also seen visiting the tomb to take photos, offer prayers and flowers.
President Aquino and his family reportedly want to spend the death anniversary of their father in private.
The President is also scheduled to hear mass before proceeding to a family gathering.
Malacanang refrained from releasing the president's itinerary for the commemoration of his father's death anniversary. – With ANC and radio dzMM