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‘Aquino assassination brain still unknown’

August 21, 2019

The nation marks the killing of former senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. today, but Buhay party-list Rep. Jose “Lito” Atienza said the mastermind of the crime has yet to be unmasked.

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AQUINO’S VAN Personnel of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) inspect the Aviation Security Command van that carried Benigno Aquino Jr. after he was shot at the tarmac of the Manila International Airport on Aug. 21, 1983. The NHCP plans to restore the van, which is now dilapidated. PHOTO BY RENE H. DILAN

“Why do we commemorate August 21 every year? Is it because of the Plaza Miranda bombing in 1971 and the assassination of former senator Ninoy Aquino in 1983? Up to this day, these two remain the biggest unsolved crimes in our country’s history. What is the message to our young? That every year we are reminded of the incompetence of government in bringing the perpetrators to justice? And that every year we remember those who were killed in the Plaza Miranda and Ninoy by rewarding ourselves with a holiday?” he said in a statement.

Atienza was one of the Liberal Party’s youngest candidates for councilor. He said Aquino inspired him and thousands of Filipino youth to fight for democratic rights.

“It has been 48 years since the Plaza Miranda bombing and 36 years since Ninoy was assassinated. Pero hanggang ngayon ay hindi pa rin lumalabas kung sino ang talagang mastermind (But until now the mastermind has yet to come out). We are only reminding ourselves each year of the inefficiency and ineffectivity of our criminal justice system. Until now the real masterminds of two of the biggest political murders in our history remain scot free. So what are we commemorating?” the lawmaker said.

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