Last night, August 24, 2008, I had the occassion to watch ABS-CBN's 'BEYOND CONSPIRACY': 25 Years after Ninoy Aquino's Assasination. I was able to follow the analysis of how Ninoy's assasination was plotted all along. Ive seen the video of Ninoy's arrival on August 21, 1983 and how we was fetched by military personnels who were the ones in-charged of killing him. Ive observed how views were blocked to cover the incident on said date from any eye witnesse. And in the eyes of the Crying lady and other witnesses who paved their way to see who shot Ninoy, I felt bad and saddened by the fact that a Filipino who has the bravery to fight for the freedom of his country would have to be killed by his fellow Filipino. More importantly, Im saddend by the fact that many of us seemed to have forgotten what Ninoy and the rest of our National Heroes have done for us.
Today, August 25, 2008, a day before my blog anniversary, we are celebrating our National Heroes' Day. I would like to have this opportunity to thank them for fighting for our independence and freedom against colonial intruders and against the martial law rule. Without them, Philippines will not enjoy the blessings of self-determination and democracy that the country has right now. And without them, Filipinos would never enjoy the opportunity to exercise their freedom to life and liberty, and the freedom to express their opinions as regards issues affecting.
Jose Rizal fought the colonizers by attacking them in his brave writings in Noli me Tangere and El Filibusterismo. Andres Bonifacio established the Katipunan to directly fight the regime of the colonizers. And Benigno 'Ninoy' Aquino fought against the Martial rule by exposing the corrupt leadership of Martial Law.
To my fellow Filipinos, have we live up responsibly in exercising the freedom that we have right now? Have we manage to continously fight against any threat to our freedom?
Let us remember the heroic efforts of our heroes. More than celebrating our birthdays or our personal anniversaries, let us spend our lives in worthy endeavors toward vigilant and responsible exercise of our freedom.
The Filipinos are worth dying for!