MANILA, Philippines – Amid the Duterte administration's subdued commemoration of the historic event that paved the Philippines' return to democracy, some people took to the streets and tied yellow ribbons around Metro Manila for the 35th death anniversary of former senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr.
At around 5 am on Tuesday, August 21, several people were seen tying ribbons along Doña Julia Vargas Avenue in Pasig City, and later, in other areas.
Before Aquino returned to the Philippines from political exile in the US, his friends and supporters tied yellow ribbons along his supposed path from the airport to his Times Street home in Quezon City to to welcome him, but he never saw them as was assassinated upon disembarking from his plane at the Manila International Airport on August 21, 1983.
The move was inspired by the song "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree."
At 8 am, groups August Twenty-One Movement (ATOM) and People Power Volunteers for Reform (PPVR) went to the Ninoy Aquino statue in Ayala Avenue, Makati. Around 30 members paid homage to the slain senator.
The groups then headed to the Manila Memorial Park in Paranaque to hear mass. Former president Benigno Aquino III; sisters Ballsy Aquino-Cruz, Pinky Aquino-Abellada, and Viel Aquino-Dee; and his nephews and nieces were also there. Actress Kris Aquino and sons Joshua and Bimby were not around.
Among the others who joined the Manila Memorial Park commemoration were Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, Senator Francis Pangilinan, former interior secretary Mar Roxas, former public works chief Rogelio Singson, former agriculture secretary Proceso Alcala, and former chief peace adviser Teresita Deles. – Rappler.com