Friday, 21 August 2009

President Arroyo orders construction of Cory monument

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has ordered the immediate construction of a monument honoring the late President Corazon “Cory” Aquino at the Rizal Park in Manila.

In a Malacañang press briefing today, Deputy Spokesperson Anthony Golez said the construction of the Aquino monument will be overseen by the National Historical Institute (NHI). It is expected to be completed within six months.

The announcement was made a day before the nation commemorates the 26th death anniversary of President Aquino’s husband, former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., a national holiday. It commemorates the assassination of the former senator that led to the downfall of then President Ferdinand Marcos.

After the assassination of the former senator, his widow, Cory Aquino became a focal point and unifying force of the opposition against Marcos. She led the country in a bloodless revolution against the former leader in 1986.

Coincidentally, the burial of former president Cory Aquino comes 16 days before this year’s commemoration of the Ninoy Aquino Day.

With the construction of the Aquino monument, Golez said, the Filipinos will honor the memory “of an extraordinary woman who united our people for one shining week in February in 1986 and presided over the rebirth of democracy.”

He added the monument will be a constant reminder for future generations of what the former leader had achieved and sacrificed for the Filipino people.

“I think everybody will agree that former President Cory Aquino deserves such respect and honor from this country,” he noted. (PND)

PGMA joins nation in commemorating Ninoy's death

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo joined the nation today in the commemoration of the 26th death anniversary and martyrdom of the late Senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino.

Press Secretary Cerge Remonde said the President sponsored a Holy Mass in Malacañang this morning in recognition of Aquino's contribution to the restoration of democracy in the country.

"We join the rest of the nation in commemorating the death and martyrdom of Ninoy Aquino today," Remonde said in a press briefing in Malacañang.

He said the President, together with First Gentleman Atty. Mike Arroyo, watched "Ninoy Aquino, The Movie" at Bahay Pangarap late last night.

With the First Couple were several members of the Cabinet and Director Lupita Aquino-Kashihiwara, sister of the late senator.

Then considered as the top rival of former President Ferdinand Marcos, Aquino was among those incarcerated at the imposition of martial law in 1972.

On August 21, 1983, he was gunned down at the tarmac of the Manila International Airport (now Ninoy Aquino International Airport), minutes after he arrived from the United States. (PND)

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