|The February 25, 1986 issue of the Inquirer.|
You can say that I became politically aware at such a young age. We read the newspapers even in grade school although the publication then, the Daily Express, was a mouthpiece of the government. But we also read Time magazines, where we would learn that there was a bigger world outside the Philippines where people are free to move, to talk, to criticize even.
Then in 1983, the erstwhile rival of Marcos, Ninoy Aquino, was gunned down in the airport tarmac. Three years after, his wife, Cory Aquino ran against Marcos in a snap elections. Cory won but Marcos was declared the winner.
|Ninoy Aquino mercilessly gunned down in the tarmac of the Manila International Airport.|
|A proud moment in Philippine history|
I may be young then but things like these, you don't easily forget. We still do not live in ideal conditions but we're free! And for that, I will forever be grateful, as a Filipino, to Ninoy and Cory.
God bless Pinas!