MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday called on Filipinos to reflect on the sacrifice of Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., saying the country needs more citizens like the former senator and democracy icon.
The nation on Tuesday observed the Ninoy Aquino Day, which marks the assassination of the senator at the tarmac of the Manila International Airport, sparking a popular revolt that ousted the Marcos dictatorship.
In his message for the 35th Ninoy Aquino Day, Duterte said Aquino “died while fighting to restore peace and democracy in the Philippines.”
“Let us take this opportunity to reflect on his sacrifice as we honor the courage and patriotism that Ninoy demonstrated during his struggle. May his dedication to his cause serve as a guidepost for our current leaders in government as they advance the welfare of our people, especially the oppressed and marginalized,” he said.
“In this time of real and lasting change, we need more citizens like him so we can steer our country towards the direction where a brighter and better future awaits us all.”
The President said a better future for the Philippines can only be achieved “if we work together to institute meaningful reforms that will put and end to the many social ills that have obstructed our path towards becoming a mature and stable democracy.”