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Aquino, Benigno Simeón Jr.

Born: 1932 AD
Died: 1983 AD
Nationality: Filipino
Categories: Civil Rights Leader, Nationalist

1932 – Born on November 27th in Concepcion, Tarlac. The chief opposition leader during the era of martial law in the Philippines under President Ferdinand E. Marcos.

1954 – He was only 22 years old when he first entered the world of politics – the youngest mayor of the town of Concepcion.

         – He married Corazon Cojuangco, scion of a wealthy sugar plantation owner from the same town.

1961 – He became the governor of the province of Tarlac.

1966 – Became the secretary-general of the Liberal Party and was elected senator of the republic a year after.  

1980 – Marcos, the former president, knew that Ninoy would be a threat to his throne. At the height of political oppression, Ninoy was exiled to Boston after spending a couple of years in a prison cell in Laur, Nueva Ecija.

1983 – He announced his interest to the Philippines “to suffer alongside the people and to appeal directly to Marcos to step down”. He wanted to empathize with the millions of Filipinos affected by the consequences brought by the Martial Law and Marcos dictatorship.

         – He was shot while going down the stairs of the airplane on August 21st. Aquino’s assassination galvanized popular opposition to the Marcos government and brought his widow, Corazon, to the political forefront.

         – Ninoy’s wounded face was intentionally not fixed to provoke public outburst. As a result, millions attended his burial in August 31st.

1986 – Ninoy’s wife, Corazon Aquino, became the president of the republic.