Death Anniversary of Benigno Ninoy Aquino Jr

The Boholanos led by the Justice and Peace Movement (JPM), the Bohol Alliance for Justice, Freedom and Democracy (BAJFD), and the Coalition of Concerned Tagbilaranons (CCT) will commemorate the 25th death anniversary of former Sen. Benigno S. Aquino Jr. tomorrow which has been declared as a public holiday.

A commemorative mass in memory of Sen. Aquino will be officiated at 6 o'clock in the morning at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Church (K of C), Gallares Street, this city.

After the mass, the joint 25th general assembly of the JPM, 7th general assembly of the BAJFD, and the 4th general assembly of the Coalition of Concerned Tagbilaranons will follow at 7 a.m. at Door 1, Seaside, JJ's Seafood Village, K of C Drive, this city.

Lawyer Raul Barbarona, executive director of the Environmental Legal Assistance Center (ELAC) will be the guest speaker. He will talk on the topic, "The Prospects for Peace in Southern Philippines." He will also discuss the implications of the proposed Bangsa Moro Juridical Entity.

He will be introduced by Faustino Arias, chairman of the education, research and information committee of the Justice and Peace Movement.

It will be recalled that Sen. Aquino was one of the leading figures against the Marcos martial rule.

Despite his being behind bars, Sen. Aquino led protests against martial Law. Later on, Sen. Aquino was allowed to go to the United States for medical treatment.

Upon his return to the Philippines in 1983, Sen. Aquino popularly known as Ninoy was assassinated. He was one of the victims of extrajudicial killings.

The matyrdon of Sen. Aquino sparked nationwide protests which culminated in the People Power revolution in 1986, restoring Philippine democracy and ending martial rule in the Philippines. (Kag. Charles T. Cabalit)