Ninoy Aquino's death van

By Raïssa Robles

Posted at Aug 21 2012 04:34 PM | Updated as of Aug 22 2012 12:34 AM

“I have decided to challenge death. I do not believe I’m sinning against my creator because in the end, I am not really my own executioner. By my example, I hope I can inspire two others. Like the dominoes, one has to fall to create the chain reaction.”
- Ninoy

Twenty-nine years ago, one stubborn man did the unexpected. Amid all warnings by a dictator’s wife that he would surely be killed if he returned home, Ninoy Aquino still did.

All these years, the Avsecom van that was used to ferry Ninoy from the tarmac of the country’s international airport had been kept from public view. And all but forgotten. Two years ago, it was found rotting inside Nichols Air Base. I hope, as promised, it has now been restored.

If our national hero Dr. Jose Rizal had a holding cell before his death by firing squad, Ninoy had the Avsecom van into which he was thrust inside like an animal and where he bled to death.

For posterity, I have decided to post photos of the Avsecom (Aviation Security Command) van which inexplicably took longer than expected to reach a hospital that fateful Sunday of August 21, 1983 when Ninoy was shot. The photos were lent to my by Pastor “Boy” Saycon.


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