Paintings in Tribute to Ninoy Aquino

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These paintings are displayed at the Aquino Center, Hacienda Luisita, Tarlac, Philippines. Photos by JM Lerio.

I was barely two years old when democracy fighter Ninoy Aquino (November 27, 1932 – August 21, 1983) was assassinated at the Manila International Airport as he returned home from seven-year exile in the US.

Who killed Ninoy and who had him killed? Twenty-nine years after, the answer to this question remains vague. The political elites seem not to care about updating history and upgrading our judicial system. Individual Filipinos may just play Sherlock Holmes in investigating the case. For one, that the (Ferdinand) Marcos Party has an obvious motive to get rid of its staunch opposition. Second, that the (Danding) Cojuangco Party has a discreet motive to get rid of opposition among its ranks. In general, that the government of the United States of America has fears in loosing its dictatorship in Philippine politics.

About Joanna Lerio

cultural journalist, multidisciplinary artist, educator, traveller, dreamer, yogini, vegetarian, advocate
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