Aug
20
2011

Transcript of Ninoy Aquino’s Memorable Speech in Los Angeles (1981)

Two years ago I wrote my thoughts on the late Ninoy Aquino’s memorable speech in Los Angeles in 1981, two years before he was assassinated at the then Manila International Airport, because if his threatening presence to the dictatorial Marcos regime of that period.

Today in the Philippines marks the 28th death anniversary of the country’s most charismatic politician, and one that was considered the greatest president that the Philippines never had. In remembrance, I am reposting the memorable speech from Youtube, and adding a complete transcript of what he said, courtesy of Real Encounters.

Watch the video, hear his voice, and read his words. Aquino is one of those rare people, the likes of which we might never see again in our lifetime….

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Oct
22
2009

Ninoy Aquino’s Memorable Speech in Los Angeles (1981)

(click here to skip to the video of the speech)

I have been and always will be a staunch supporter of the most brilliant and charismatic opposition leader the Philippines ever had, Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino.  But the truth is I that I never knew much about what this person experienced and achieved in his lifetime until I first heard this speech on a cassette tape, almost two years after his assassination at then Manila International Airport.  I have wondered why my parents back then were almost rabidly supporting this person, as well as my other relatives, saying that he is better than the current president at the time, President Ferdinand Marcos. But then again, I was just a six-year-old kid during the time…

I admit that I have greatly admired President Marcos when I was in grade school.  When he did his speeches, I got the impression of a very intelligent, very wise, and very articulate man who knew what he was doing.  Back then there was no Google to try and see what was happening in the background during his almost 30-year reign as president of the Philippines, and again, I was a kid who didn’t know any better.  I think I was in third grade when Aquino was assassinated, and I didn’t actually get to hear the guy speak until I was already starting sixth grade.

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Sep
11
2006

Again, a moment of silence to remember September 11…

It’s been five years since the incident that changed America, and the world. A lot has happened… and a lot will still happen.

Are we wiser? Are we better? Are we safer?

Where were you when it happened? What were you doing? How did it affect you? Does it still affect you? Do you think America (or the world) is prepared – so that this horrible event will not happen again? Do you think that the measures and actions done in the name of this tragedy were all warranted, and necessary? That we just made the world better – or worse?

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Nov
17
2004

Patriot act extends to blogs critical of government

Chilling title, isn’t it? What’s scarier is that it might become a possibility. In a bid to sweep away the last remnants of liberalism in this country, the Bush administration will make sure to spread the radical conservative message and turn America into the next “holy land”…

Well, sure, that might be an exaggeration, but… is it?

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Nov
16
2004

Colin Powell Quits

Linkage:
http://www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/11/15/powell/

Just when I thought the current state of government can’t get any scarier, this happens. The New World Order is falling into place.


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Nov
16
2004
Nov
11
2004
Sep
11
2003

Memories of 9/11

Today marks the second anniversary of the infamous terrorist attack on America, particularly the devastating attack on the World Trade Center that took the lives of almost 3,000 people. It was the worst terrorist attack in world history, a dubious distinction that will continue to haunt the Bush Administration for its entire tenure.

One question that always came up whenever people remember this event was, where were you, and what were you doing when the terrorist attacks were taking place?

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Jan
28
2003

My thoughts on Dubya’s State of the Union address…

George W. Bush’s State of the Union address tonight may have convinced some people that the United States needs to take matters in its own hands if the need arises. It may have affirmed some people’s sentiments that Saddam Hussein is the devil incarnate and must be overthrown from his lofty perch by all means necessary. Maybe his speech has changed the minds of several contingents who are against the “planned war” from the beginning,

But I still need a lot of convincing.

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