Aquinos commemorate Ninoy's death anniversary

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 21 2012 09:35 PM | Updated as of Aug 22 2012 04:34 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Members of the Aquino family led by Ballsy-Aquino Cruz, Viel Aquino Dee, Pinky Aquino Abellada and Kris Aquino  gathered at the Manila Memorial Park on Tuesday morning to commemorate former Senator Ninoy Aquino's 29th death anniversary.

In an interview, Ballsy Cruz said she continues to pray for her father's guidance.

She also said they offered prayers for Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, his family, as well as the families of the 2 pilots who were killed in a plane crash Saturday afternoon.

"Napakalungkot na araw nga. But then again, we cannot question God's ways. At siguro masaya na rin si Sec. Robredo kung nasaan sya ngayon. Nakita naman nya kung gaano sya kamahal ng mga kababayan nya. Ganon pa man patuloy nalang kaming mananalangin para sa kanya at sa kanyang pamilya dahil sa dinadaanan nila ngayon pati na rin dun sa pamilya nung mga piloto," Ballsy said.

The eldest of the Aquino siblings said she was never close to Robredo but remembers how her mother Former President Corazon Aquino admired Robredo.

"Napakabait, napakasipag at kita naman natin he's really such a humble man at lahat ng mga nagsasabi nakikita naman the way he lived pati kanyang mga pamilya, very simple. Parang yung dapat na nakikita natin sating mga leader. Kaya alam ko noon pa ang aming pamilya hangang-hanga talaga sa kanya," Ballsy said.

President Benigno Aquino skipped the family's commemoration of their father at the Manila Memorial Park.

Ballsy explained that her brother decided to fly to Masbate to personally attend to the transporation of Robredo's remains to Naga City.