Editorial: Marking two historical events

Today we mark two big historical events our county, political and spiritual.

First, the death of our national hero Senator Benigno Aquino Jr., who died 35 years ago and who changed the course of our history; Second, the Eidul Adha or the Feast of the Sacrifice, an Islamic festival that honors the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to obey Allah.

The second of the two Islamic feasts, the other one is Eid-al Fitr (Feast of Breaking the Fast). It honors the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ismael (or Isaac) as an act of obedience to God’s command. He was surprised that instead of his son, a ram was sacrificed. In commemoration of this act, an animal is sacrificed and divided into three parts: one third of the share is given to the poor and needy; another third is given to relatives, friends and neighbors; and the remaining third is retained by the family during Eidul Adha.

The three religions; Judaism, Christianity and Islam, follow the same story.

We solemnly mark today, the 35th anniversary of the death of Senator Ninoy at the tarmac of the Manila International Airport (now the Ninoy Aquinot International Airport). Aquino had just landed via China Airlines after three years of self-imposed exile in the United States when he was shot at the back of his head while being escorted to a military vehicle that was waiting to transport him to prison. Also killed at the tarmac was Rolando Galman, who was later implicated as the gunman in Aquino’s murder.

His death moved people to intensify protest against the Marcos dictatorship and three years later, the country had the first peaceful people power revolution in the world, installing his wife Corazon Aquino as the first woman president in the country.

Many young people may not know the impact of his death on Philippine history. As years progress, the young may not even know what this holiday is all about.

And with revisionism getting popular on social media, there might come a time when this highlight in Philippine history will go down the drain.

Posted in Opinion