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Ninoy Aquino Jr Remembered in Bohol, Philippines

      The Justice and Peace Movement (JPM), the Bohol Alliance for Justice, Freedom and Democracy (BAWD), and the Coalition of Concerned Tagbilaranons (COT) will lead Boholanos during the commemoration of the 26th death anniversary of former senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr. this Friday, which has been declared as public holiday.

      A commemorative mass in honor of Ninoy will be officiated at 6 am in Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Church at K of C, Gallares Street, Tagbilaran City.

      After the mass, the joint 26th general assembly of the JPM, 8th general assembly of the BAJFD, and the 5th general assembly of the COT will follow at 7 am at Door 1 Seaside of JJ's Seafood Village, K of C Drive.

      Sen. Aquilino Pimentel Jr., a close ally of the late senator Aquino, will be the guest speaker and is expected to talk on the topic, "Why We Will Oppose the Reproductive Health Bill."

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

      Aquino was one of the leading figures against the Marcos martial rule.

      Even when behind bars then, Aquino managed to reach out to comrades and triggered several protests against martial law.

      He was allowed to go to the United States for medical treatment.

      Upon his return to the Philippines in 1983, he was assassinated at the airport and was considered one of the victims of extrajudicial killings.

      The martyrdom of Aquino sparked nationwide protests which culminated in the People Power revolution in 1986, restoring Philippine democracy that ended the martial rule in the Philippines.

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