“I am prepared for the worst, and have decided against the advice of my mother, my spiritual adviser, many of my tested friends, and a few of my most valued political mentors. A death sentence awaits me.” This was part of the speech former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr planned to deliver upon his return to the Philippines 31 years ago, on August 21, 1983. He never got to deliver his speech. Aquino was shot in the head upon stepping out of the plane, in an assassination that served as the trigger of the People Power Revolution 3 years later. By posting the undelivered speech of Aquino on the government website, the administration hopes to remind people who were not born yet in 1983 why he made the choice to come home from years of exile.
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