Di Ka Nag-iisa + 22

I’m over a week late for this, but August 21st was the twenty-second anniversary of the assassination of Ninoy Aquino, the Filipino politician who stood up to the Marcos dictatorship and faced death in his imprisonment by Marcos and on his return from exile, because he believed that “the Filipino is worth dying for.” Ninoy’s assassination as he arrived in Manila in 1983 would fan the flames of the People Power Revolution which ousted Marcos in 1986, placing his wife, Cory Aquino, in the presidency.

(Sadly, as I have said before, the Philippines has yet to prove itself truly worthy of Ninoy’s sacrifice.)

Deebeedee recently visited Ninoy’s cell, where he (Ninoy, not Deebeedee) was imprisoned, after Marcos declared Martial Law and used his powers to clamp down on his critics and political enemies. Country Studies has a page on Ninoy Aquino and People Power in its Philippines section.


  1. Bobber says:

    Do you think Cory Aquino was a good president?

  2. Paulo says:

    Bobber – No, not a very good president. Her administration was plagued with instability and accusations of political favoritism. She was just too inexperienced, and served as more of a democratic figurehead than anything else. Nonetheless, she has her place in Philippine and world history.

  3. Bobber says:

    Yes, I have only heard negative things about her term for the most part. Maybe Ramos was a little better?

    My family and I are planning a trip there at the end of the year. I am a little spooked about taking the kids but we will be staying in a provence so I think it should be pretty low key there and relaxing (I hope).