A sad day for Filipinos!
Benigno “Ninoy” S. Aquino Jr. was a prominent Philippine journalist and politician. He served the province of Tarlac as the mayor of Concepcion, provincial vice governor, and provincial governor, and then Senator of of the 7th Congress.
During his term as a senator, he was the main political rival of Pres. Ferdinand Marcos, and was one of the first to be arrested when Martial was declared and congress was abolished in 1972. He was put through military trial, charged with murder, illegal possession of firearms, and subversion. He endured seven years of incarceration before he was allowed to seek medical treatment in the United States for a heart condition.
After three years in exile, he returned to Manila, but was assassinated at the then Manila International Airport. His assassination sparked a chain of events that would eventually lead to the People Power Revolution of 1986.
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