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PIMENTEL EYES SCRUTINY OF NOY GOVT CONTRACTS


JUNE 24 -SEN. Aquilino Pimentel III yesterday vowed to review all “lopsided” contracts entered into by the outgoing Aquino administration. Pimentel, who is expected to assume the Senate presidency next month under the Duterte administration, said the coming 17th Congress will look into government contracts, especially on the construction of roads and bridges, along with contracts for the rehabilitation and maintenance of the Metro Rail Transit system. He said he saw the necessity to review the contracts after he noticed that some of those, especially in the transport sector, are lopsided and disadvantageous to government. He said he decided to review the lopsided contracts long before Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte won the presidency in the May elections. Duterte ran under Pimentel’s party, the PDP-Laban. “Talagang matagal na ‘yun… wala pa si (President-elect Rodrigo) Duterte, sinabi ko na ‘yun. What’s happening to the government? Anong ginagawa natin sa gobyerno at sinasabi natin na we cannot move because of the contract?” he asked. Pimentel did not specify which contracts he is targeting for review but he has called for a review of the MRT 3 maintenance contract. In December last year, the Office of the Ombudsman filed graft charges against MRT officers, including former MRT-3 general manager Al Vitangcol, but not Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya who signed and approved the alleged anomalous maintenance contract for the MRT 3. READ MORE...

ALSO: AQUINO SHOWERS APPOINTEES WITH AWARDS
[Aquino conferred the Order of Sikatuna on Jose Rene Almendras (foreign affairs), Mario Montejo (science0), Ramon Jimenez Jr. (tourism), Mel Senen Sarmiento (interior), Corazon Soliman (social welfare), Janette Garin (health), Voltaire Gazmin (defense), Rosalinda Baldoz (labor), Armin Luistro (education), Rogelio Singson (public works) and National Security Adviser Cesar Garcia.]


JUNE 25 -President Aquino shares a light moment with Senator-elect Joel Villanueva and family during the Conferment of Presidential Awards to various Heads of Departments and Agencies at the Rizal Hall of the Malacañang Palace on Thursday. Aquino will step down as the country’s top executive next week. Joseph Vidal, Malacañang Photo
PRESIDENT Aquino yesterday recognized and thanked the members of his Cabinet and his other appointees for rendering public service and supporting his administration in the last six years. The President conferred the Order of Sikatuna with the rank of Gold Cross Bayani on the members of his Cabinet, and the Presidential Medal of Merit to several appointees in Malacañang. “By giving these awards, I do not mean to diminish the contributions of those who are not receiving them. Nevertheless, I think it is incumbent upon me to give official recognition to those who have gone above and beyond even our expectations,” Aquino said. He said he knows a lot of the people under his administration made sacrifices in the name of public service be it giving up a lucrative career or a high paying job in the private sector, being on the receiving end of endless criticisms and complaints from the public and even from his impatience. The President said in a week’s time, he and most of his appointees would return to the private sector and finally take a well-deserved rest. “However, we cannot be complacent,” he said, urging them to be responsible citizens by continuing to be supportive and engaged in well-meaning endeavors that would and promote the welfare of Filipinos. “Now that our time in office is coming to an end, we must continue to do our own, small part in the grand task of building a nation. And I hope that, perhaps even on an unofficial level, we may still find ourselves working together, as fellow citizens this time, to give rise to a Philippines that we can be truly proud of,” he added. READ MORE...

ALSO: Aquino elated with people’s show of appreciation


JUNE 26 -Before the Ateneo de Manila University graduating class of 2016, President Benigno Aquino III on Saturday narrated a heartwarming show of appreciation that people showed him exactly a week ago.
He said that it was on eve of Father’s Day last week when he had dinner at a mall. “Sa palapag na ‘yun, magkakatabi ang mga restawran. May isang mesang bumati agad at nakipagkamay. Maya-maya po, marami nang nagpapalakpakan, pati sa mga katabing mga kainan. Napatanong po ako sa aking sarili: Nagpapalakpakan ba sila dahil sa tuwa sa akin, o masaya silang aalis na ako?,” Mr. Aquino said, making his audience laugh. “Palagay ko po ang tamang sagot: Sa dami ng nagpa-picture, malamang natuwa naman po sila sa’tin,” he added, smiling. Mr. Aquino earned his economics degree from the Ateneo 35 years ago. He apologized for “delaying the proceedings” on Saturday, admitting that he spent the early hours of the morning still drafting his speech. Mr. Aquino said he felt the pressure to come up with a good speech after media pointed out that it would be his last as the President, not to mention he had family and friends in the audience. “While I was thinking of what to tell you this morning, I decided to ask for the advice from someone older than me. So I sent a text message to (Ateneo university president) Fr. Jett (Villarin), who graduated 36 years ago,” the President said, again drawing laughter from his audience. President Aquino said Villarin replied: “Just speak from your heart; tell of the things that inspired you, sustained you. And perhaps that will in turn inspire and challenge these aspiring young ones to become men and women for others, generous enough to offer their lives for our people.”  “Then he put a smiley-face at the end,” the President said, making his audience laugh anew. THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Aquino tells Ateneo graduates - Be critical
[President Benigno Aquino III on Saturday urged graduating students of Ateneo University to be critically discerning as they head off to pursue their dreams, and not allow themselves to be simply influenced by public opinion.]


JUNE 26 -PNOY AT ADMU GRADUATION CEREMONY / JUNE 25, 2016 President Benigno Aquino III walks with University President Fr. Jose Ramon Villarin as they arrive on the Ateneo de Manila University graduation ceremony at the Ateneo High school covered court in Quezon City. Aquino was the guest of honor and commencement speaker. INQUIRER PHOTO / RICHARD A. REYES
President Benigno Aquino III on Saturday urged graduating students of Ateneo University to be critically discerning as they head off to pursue their dreams, and not allow themselves to be simply influenced by public opinion.
In his final commencement speech as President, coincidentally made at his own alma mater, Mr. Aquino told the graduates, who were born after 1986, that they must have been aware that his father, Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., had yet to step on the tarmac of the airport when he was assassinated, triggering massive protests that led to the Edsa People Power Revolution 30 years ago. “The philosopher Edmund Burke said: ‘The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.’ The dictatorship has ended but the need to take part in social issues remains. This is part of being ‘men and women for others,’” Mr. Aquino said, referring to their school’s Ignatian spirit. Autocratic successor Mr. Aquino did not mention his elected successor, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, but the reference to Duterte’s seeming disregard for human rights and preference for extrajudicial executions of suspected criminals was clear. More than 50 drug suspects have been killed by police since the election on May 9 of Duterte, who has told the Philippine National Police not to wait for him to assume office before enforcing his promised merciless fight against crime. READ: Duterte to criminals: You don’t have to be afraid, you will surely die Rights campaigners have called for investigations of the killings and the Commission on Human Rights has vowed to oppose Duterte’s mailed-fist policies. Mr. Aquino will step down at noon on June 30, to be replaced by Duterte, who is hugely popular despite his autocratic tendencies. READ MORE...

ALSO: A classmate remembers - Noy had to wait alone on the bench outside our classroom


JUNE 26 -NOY Aquino (far right) in high school: “On the surface it seemed he was living a pretty normal life.” CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS
IN HIS last address to the nation, P-Noy presented a short documentary telling the story of our country. The point of view is from our generation, as seen from his 13-year-old eyes, the time his father, then Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., was unjustly imprisoned. He told the story of how his father and Sen. José W. Diokno were segregated from the other martial law prisoners and taken to a faraway military camp. His father was deprived of everything, including his toothbrush and eyeglasses—these, together with his wedding ring, were returned to his family with the message: “He won’t be needing these anymore.” When his family finally was allowed to visit, Ninoy was emaciated, a ghost of his former self. He left the care of the women in the family to his only male child, Noy. This was around the time I met Noy, when, by accident—I repeated first year high school—we became classmates. I was asleep in class when they nominated, and then elected me, president. I found out Noy was also nominated for the position. Next year they elected me president again, but for junior year, after I had gone to Spain, Noy became class president and was elected again in senior year. The write up in our graduation yearbook describing him begins with, “Successor to Ricky Avanceña as Class President…” Having been closely associated with him in those dark, trying years, my classmates and I felt deeply for what Noy was going through. Not that it gave him a pass from all the pranks, insults and overall clowning around that were normal for teen males in an exclusive boys’ school—he was fair game. READ MORE...


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PIMENTEL EYES SCRUTINY OF AQUINO GOV’T CONTRACTS


INCOMING SENATE PRESIDENT PIMENTEL

MANILA, JUNE 27, 2016 (MALAYA)  By JP LOPEZ June 24, 2016 SEN. Aquilino Pimentel III yesterday vowed to review all “lopsided” contracts entered into by the outgoing Aquino administration.

Pimentel, who is expected to assume the Senate presidency next month under the Duterte administration, said the coming 17th Congress will look into government contracts, especially on the construction of roads and bridges, along with contracts for the rehabilitation and maintenance of the Metro Rail Transit system.

He said he saw the necessity to review the contracts after he noticed that some of those, especially in the transport sector, are lopsided and disadvantageous to government.

He said he decided to review the lopsided contracts long before Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte won the presidency in the May elections.

Duterte ran under Pimentel’s party, the PDP-Laban.

“Talagang matagal na ‘yun… wala pa si (President-elect Rodrigo) Duterte, sinabi ko na ‘yun. What’s happening to the government? Anong ginagawa natin sa gobyerno at sinasabi natin na we cannot move because of the contract?” he asked.

Pimentel did not specify which contracts he is targeting for review but he has called for a review of the MRT 3 maintenance contract.

In December last year, the Office of the Ombudsman filed graft charges against MRT officers, including former MRT-3 general manager Al Vitangcol, but not Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya who signed and approved the alleged anomalous maintenance contract for the MRT 3.

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Vitangcol has challenged the Ombudsman’s decision to charge him with graft for awarding a maintenance contract to the Philippine Trans Rail Management and Services Corporation (PH Trams) without public bidding in 2012.

The Ombudsman noted Vitangcol’s uncle-in-law is an official of PH Trams.

Sen. Grace Poe, chairs of the Senate subcommittee on transportation that led an inquiry into the state of the MRT, has questioned the non-inclusion of Abaya in the charges and has also asked the Department of Transportation and Communications to submit to the panel a copy of the maintenance contract for MRT-3 for review.

She said a new maintenance provider is obviously needed amid almost daily incidents of malfunction in the mass transport system.


AQUINO SHOWERS APPOINTEES WITH AWARDS By JOCELYN MONTEMAYOR June 24, 2016


JUNE 25 -President Aquino shares a light moment with Senator-elect Joel Villanueva and family during the Conferment of Presidential Awards to various Heads of Departments and Agencies at the Rizal Hall of the Malacañang Palace on Thursday. Aquino will step down as the country’s top executive next week. Joseph Vidal, Malacañang Photo

PRESIDENT Aquino yesterday recognized and thanked the members of his Cabinet and his other appointees for rendering public service and supporting his administration in the last six years.

The President conferred the Order of Sikatuna with the rank of Gold Cross Bayani on the members of his Cabinet, and the Presidential Medal of Merit to several appointees in Malacañang.

“By giving these awards, I do not mean to diminish the contributions of those who are not receiving them. Nevertheless, I think it is incumbent upon me to give official recognition to those who have gone above and beyond even our expectations,” Aquino said.

He said he knows a lot of the people under his administration made sacrifices in the name of public service be it giving up a lucrative career or a high paying job in the private sector, being on the receiving end of endless criticisms and complaints from the public and even from his impatience.

The President said in a week’s time, he and most of his appointees would return to the private sector and finally take a well-deserved rest.

“However, we cannot be complacent,” he said, urging them to be responsible citizens by continuing to be supportive and engaged in well-meaning endeavors that would and promote the welfare of Filipinos.


AQUINO'S CLOSEST -OCHOA, ALMENDRAS, ABAD

“Now that our time in office is coming to an end, we must continue to do our own, small part in the grand task of building a nation. And I hope that, perhaps even on an unofficial level, we may still find ourselves working together, as fellow citizens this time, to give rise to a Philippines that we can be truly proud of,” he added.

READ MORE...

Aquino conferred the Order of Sikatuna on Jose Rene Almendras (foreign affairs), Mario Montejo (science0), Ramon Jimenez Jr. (tourism), Mel Senen Sarmiento (interior), Corazon Soliman (social welfare), Janette Garin (health), Voltaire Gazmin (defense), Rosalinda Baldoz (labor), Armin Luistro (education), Rogelio Singson (public works) and National Security Adviser Cesar Garcia.

The Order of Lakandula was conferred on former TESDA director general and incoming Senator Emmanuel Joel Villanueva.

The Presidential Medal of Merit was given to Socials Secretary Susan Reyes, Chief of Protocols Celia Anna Feria, Communications Undersecretary Manuel Quezon III, PEZA Director General Lilia de Lima, MWSS Administrator Gerardo Angelito Esquivel, GSIS president and general manager Robert Vergara, BCDA president and Chief Executive Officer Arnel Paciano Casanova, MinDA secretary Luwalhati Antonino, HUDCC Chairman Chito Cruz, GCG Chairman Cesar Villanueva and former Climate Change Commission Commissioner Mary Ann Lucille Sering.

Prior to the event, the President attended the 118th anniversary celebrations of the Departments of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and Health (DOH) where he reiterated his gratitude for the support and services rendered by the rank and file in each office.

Aquino also highlighted some of the accomplishments made by each department.

The President commended former DFA Secretary Albert del Rosario, who assumed the DFA leadership in 2011 and retired early this year due to health reasons.


INQUIRER

Aquino elated with people’s show of appreciation SHARES: 439 VIEW COMMENTS By: Nikko Dizon @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 07:10 PM June 25th, 2016


Before the Ateneo de Manila University graduating class of 2016, President Benigno Aquino III on Saturday narrated a heartwarming show of appreciation that people showed him exactly a week ago.

He said that it was on eve of Father’s Day last week when he had dinner at a mall.

“Sa palapag na ‘yun, magkakatabi ang mga restawran. May isang mesang bumati agad at nakipagkamay. Maya-maya po, marami nang nagpapalakpakan, pati sa mga katabing mga kainan. Napatanong po ako sa aking sarili: Nagpapalakpakan ba sila dahil sa tuwa sa akin, o masaya silang aalis na ako?,” Mr. Aquino said, making his audience laugh.

“Palagay ko po ang tamang sagot: Sa dami ng nagpa-picture, malamang natuwa naman po sila sa’tin,” he added, smiling.

Mr. Aquino earned his economics degree from the Ateneo 35 years ago.

He apologized for “delaying the proceedings” on Saturday, admitting that he spent the early hours of the morning still drafting his speech.

Mr. Aquino said he felt the pressure to come up with a good speech after media pointed out that it would be his last as the President, not to mention he had family and friends in the audience.

“While I was thinking of what to tell you this morning, I decided to ask for the advice from someone older than me. So I sent a text message to (Ateneo university president) Fr. Jett (Villarin), who graduated 36 years ago,” the President said, again drawing laughter from his audience.

President Aquino said Villarin replied:

“Just speak from your heart; tell of the things that inspired you, sustained you. And perhaps that will in turn inspire and challenge these aspiring young ones to become men and women for others, generous enough to offer their lives for our people.”

“Then he put a smiley-face at the end,” the President said, making his audience laugh anew.


INQUIRER

Aquino tells Ateneo graduates: Be critical SHARES: 43 VIEW COMMENTS By: Nikko Dizon @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 01:25 AM June 26th, 2016


PNOY AT ADMU GRADUATION CEREMONY / JUNE 25, 2016 President Benigno Aquino III walks with University President Fr. Jose Ramon Villarin as they arrive on the Ateneo de Manila University graduation ceremony at the Ateneo High school covered court in Quezon City. Aquino was the guest of honor and commencement speaker. INQUIRER PHOTO / RICHARD A. REYES

President Benigno Aquino III on Saturday urged graduating students of Ateneo University to be critically discerning as they head off to pursue their dreams, and not allow themselves to be simply influenced by public opinion.

In his final commencement speech as President, coincidentally made at his own alma mater, Mr. Aquino told the graduates, who were born after 1986, that they must have been aware that his father, Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., had yet to step on the tarmac of the airport when he was assassinated, triggering massive protests that led to the Edsa People Power Revolution 30 years ago.

“The philosopher Edmund Burke said: ‘The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.’ The dictatorship has ended but the need to take part in social issues remains. This is part of being ‘men and women for others,’” Mr. Aquino said, referring to their school’s Ignatian spirit.

Autocratic successor

Mr. Aquino did not mention his elected successor, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, but the reference to Duterte’s seeming disregard for human rights and preference for extrajudicial executions of suspected criminals was clear.

More than 50 drug suspects have been killed by police since the election on May 9 of Duterte, who has told the Philippine National Police not to wait for him to assume office before enforcing his promised merciless fight against crime.

READ: Duterte to criminals: You don’t have to be afraid, you will surely die

Rights campaigners have called for investigations of the killings and the Commission on Human Rights has vowed to oppose Duterte’s mailed-fist policies.

Mr. Aquino will step down at noon on June 30, to be replaced by Duterte, who is hugely popular despite his autocratic tendencies.

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In his homily during the baccalaureate Mass, Fr. Karel San Juan said May’s elections showed how divided the Filipinos were on how to bring about change, what type of leader was needed, and how power was to be exercised.

“Our society, complex, confused, divided as it is, is in need of deep healing. It is in need of deep unity. It is crying for help,” San Juan said.

“Are we ready to be engaged yet with our people? To listen to them yet again to understand them (beyond) our bias and prejudices, to give way to understanding new connections, new relationships, all of which are rooted in our capacity to extend mercy and compassion, touching yet again the hearts and souls of people?” he said.

Some 3,000 graduates, parents, guests, and faculty filled the Ateneo covered court to listen to Mr. Aquino’s speech, which he delivered in Filipino.

The President also delivered the commencement speech for Ateneo’s Class of 2011.

Mr. Aquino was a first year high school student at Ateneo when martial law was declared, spending his afternoons visiting his father in jail.

Missed his graduation

The President, now 56, earned an economics degree from Ateneo but was unable to attend his graduation because five days before the event, he had to fly to the United States to join his parents and sisters lest the dictator Ferdinand Marcos cancel his exit visa.

As he began his speech, President Aquino apologized for “delaying the proceedings.”

He said he felt the “pressure” to give a good speech, after a Manila newspaper, which he did not name, reported that his Ateneo commencement speech would be his last as President.

Added to this, Mr. Aquino said he had relatives and friends in the audience.

He said his speech went through four revisions.

Cramming

The President said the Ateneo president, Fr. Jett Villarin, who was a year ahead of him at the university, teased him about how much he loved to cram.

And when he sought for Villarin’s advise on how to write his speech, Mr. Aquino said the priest told him in a text message, with a smiley emoticon at the end: “Just speak from your heart. Tell of the things that inspired you, sustained you. And perhaps that will in turn inspire and challenge these aspiring young ones to become men and women for others, generous enough to offer their lives for our people.”

In his speech, Mr. Aquino said he strove to have a “government for others,” and mentioned the great economic strides the country has made, as well as the improved social services for easing poverty.

“Isn’t it that when you continue a system that does not maximize the chance to help others, you are leaving them in a poor state? As the liberation theory goes, ‘If you do not fight an oppressive structure, you are supporting it,’” he said.

The President said he drew inspiration from fellow Ateneans, as much as he had been told that he had been inspiring to them.

Martial law revisionism

Mr. Aquino thanked the Ateneo community for being among the first to stand up to the attempts at martial law revisionism, issuing a collective statement against those “who tried to make us forget the nightmare that was martial law.”

READ: Ateneo profs hit Bongbong’s take on history

The university issued the statement at the height of the controversy kicked up by the claim of Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., the son of the late dictator, that the Philippines saw its best years during his father’s martial law rule.

READ: Ateneo takes the lead in ‘One Big Fight’

Senator Marcos ran for Vice President, but lost to Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo.

He recalled with fondness the days he spent at the university, from the poker faced teachers during philosophy exams, the chapels filled with students during exam week, as well as the time when the cafeteria introduced siopao while biology students dissected cats.

No one, he said, ever bought the siopao.

“It was an important lesson in marketing,” the President said, drawing laughter from the audience. TVJ

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INQUIRER

A classmate remembers: Noy had to wait alone on the bench outside our classroom SHARES: 29 VIEW COMMENTS By: Ricky Avanceña @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 03:23 AM June 26th, 2016


NOY Aquino (far right) in high school: “On the surface it seemed he was living a pretty normal life.” CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS

IN HIS last address to the nation, P-Noy presented a short documentary telling the story of our country. The point of view is from our generation, as seen from his 13-year-old eyes, the time his father, then Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., was unjustly imprisoned.

He told the story of how his father and Sen. José W. Diokno were segregated from the other martial law prisoners and taken to a faraway military camp. His father was deprived of everything, including his toothbrush and eyeglasses—these, together with his wedding ring, were returned to his family with the message: “He won’t be needing these anymore.”

When his family finally was allowed to visit, Ninoy was emaciated, a ghost of his former self. He left the care of the women in the family to his only male child, Noy.

This was around the time I met Noy, when, by accident—I repeated first year high school—we became classmates. I was asleep in class when they nominated, and then elected me, president. I found out Noy was also nominated for the position.

Next year they elected me president again, but for junior year, after I had gone to Spain, Noy became class president and was elected again in senior year.

The write up in our graduation yearbook describing him begins with, “Successor to Ricky Avanceña as Class President…”

Having been closely associated with him in those dark, trying years, my classmates and I felt deeply for what Noy was going through. Not that it gave him a pass from all the pranks, insults and overall clowning around that were normal for teen males in an exclusive boys’ school—he was fair game.

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So, on the surface it seemed he was living a pretty normal life. But we all knew the suffering he was going through. At an age when one hates to stand out and wishes to just blend with everyone else, he had to wait alone on the bench outside our classroom while everyone was inside.


AFTER Edsa. Noy (far left) attending a school reunion in 1987

Haunting image

The image of the long, empty corridor with empty benches, with one boy waiting for the car which would take him to Fort Bonifacio to visit his father on that one day a week his family could visit—it haunts me to this day.

I organized study groups in Noy’s house, and I remember everyone trying to ditch cigarettes as Tita Cory came into his room to bring us snacks.

When his father was allowed to go home from prison for the Christmas season some years later, I came to visit so I could meet Ninoy. I had to endure getting photographed and registering to fill out forms from the military before being allowed inside the house.

When Ninoy was killed, I went to their house, where his remains lay, the day Noy arrived from Boston. He was devastated, but was holding up well, with a lot of help from the constant stream of people paying their respects.

On the day of the funeral, after the Mass in Santo Domingo Church in Quezon City, Noy asked me to join him on the flatbed truck that would bring his father to Manila Memorial Park in Parañaque. I was with a group, and we had planned to proceed to Manila Hilton for breakfast, and hook up with the funeral march at Luneta. I told Noy I would join him there.

What transpired next was mind-boggling. Millions of people lined the route of the procession, and the truck and convoy snaked ever so slowly through the grieving throng. It was almost dark by the time they got to Luneta, but there was no way I could come close to the truck.

I saw Noy on top of the truck, beside his father’s coffin, drenched in the pouring rain, but buoyed by the sympathy of the grieving multitude.

When I see pictures of that scene, I say to myself, “I gave up my place in pictorial history for Bloody Marys and a buffet breakfast.”

Ninoy Aquino’s death would spark the beginning of the end of the brutal, bloody Marcos dictatorship that caused a young boy’s father to be imprisoned, put in solitary confinement, sentenced to death by musketry, and eventually assassinated—because Marcos feared him as a political rival.

This was the day Filipinos stopped cowering in fear, the day we said, “Enough!”

If you think this post is as much about me as it is about Noy, you are correct. Because his story is our story. It is the story of the 13-year-old boy who would become President.

And for those who say martial law didn’t happen, or that we were mistaken for throwing Marcos out because he was such a swell guy—well, you are wrong.

I was there. I saw it. I know. TVJ

Reprinted with permission from the author’s Facebook page.

(Avanceña is the grandson of former President Manuel Luis Quezon)

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