Palace puts up online memorial for Ninoy’s 30th death anniversary

Malacanang is making available online infographic materials and articles on former Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. in line with the observance of his 30th death anniversary.

“August 21, 2013 marks the 30th anniversary of Senator Benigno S. Aquino Jr.’s return to the Philippines and his martyrdom. In fulfillment of its mandate as custodian of institutional memory, the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO) is spearheading an online commemoration which will feature an interactive page with a comprehensive timeline, music of the era, infographic maps, essays, and testimonials on Ninoy and his sacrifice, on the Presidential Museum and Library website,” Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said during the regular press briefing in Malacanang on Wednesday, Aug 14.

The government called on public to participate in the online commemoration, which “seeks to keep the spirit of Ninoy’s martyrdom alive as an example of the selfless sacrifice of a man who gave up his life to free a shackled country”.

“We call on Filipinos to participate in this campaign, which will source and publish short statements from those who had lived through that watershed event in our history,” Lacierda said.

Malacanang also said the online project will feature a “remarkable” collection of interviews of Ninoy’s family and close associates, gathered by Cynthia Sycip and published in 1984.

“We will also put online, for the first time, the majority and minority reports of the Agrava Commission on the Official Gazette,” Lacierda said.

Lacierda said Filipinos can join the commemoration by posting on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #Ninoy or by sending an email to heritage@pcdspo.gov.ph.

“The nation once again marks Ninoy’s sacrifice, and your recollections and opinions will play a vital role in enabling a new generation of Filipinos to understand that period of martial law, and the turning point that was August 21, 1983,” he said. — PNA

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