Actually, I am curious as well. What did Ninoy actually do for the country? Take out his monologues and death (of which only an insane person will deny the country is divided about).
For fairness, we’ll discount his suspicious absence in Plaza Miranda and his arguably treasonous Jabidah myth making. And let’s take out allegations of Japanese collaboration by his family, rumors of in-laws absconding with the Katipunan funds, and the fact that he was not a model student (kept transferring schools) and journalist (his editors say he was a terrible writer). So that’s quits.
Ninoy was not the only political leader to be killed fighting Marcos: there were Edgar Jopson, Cesar Climaco, and Evelio Javier.
For things built: the South and North Expressways, the C-5, and the present Manila International Airport were done during Marcos’s time, as well as our civil service and labor codes, all of which still benefit Filipinos today.
Believe it or not, our military structure is still a remnant of Manuel Quezon’s creation.
Senators have had lasting impacts: there’s the Recto and Maceda laws (on rent), the Lina Law (on squatters), and Pimentel’s (local government code).
Lorenzo Tanada was a national team footballer that later prosecuted Japanese collaborators (which included Benigno Aquino Sr; as historical interest see gr. no. l-1243, April 1947) and also acted to have publication of laws implemented as part of due process.
As opposition leaders, there were Gerry Roxas, Ben Diokno, Neptali Gonzales, Jovy Salonga, Aquilino Pimentel, Lorenzo Tanada, Doy Laurel, Ramon Mitra, Eva Kalaw, Tecla Ziga, Bono Adaza. Former Marcos guys Kit Tatad and Paeng Salas, then Arturo Tolentino.
I grew up during the Martial Law years and I remember either having met or seen or currently read then all those capable men and women who fought, lived, and worked for democracy in our country.
But for Ninoy, I can’t recall anything of lasting importance he actually did. The earliest memories I have of him are merely his videotaped political speeches or interviews circulated after his death.
So, to sincerely and with all due respect ask: What law or measure has Ninoy Aquino done that actually, profoundly, and enduringly benefitted the Filipino as a united people and not just a certain sector thereof?
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