Mayor Belmonte to public servants: Commit to the people, country like Ninoy

August 21, 2019

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte called on her fellow workers in government to the reflect on late Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino’s commitment in serving the people and the country.

In her message during the 36th commemoration of the martyrdom of Aquino, Mayor Belmonte recalled how the late senator – a Quezon City resident- inspired a movement that propelled the Philippines to the forefront of democracy.

“Hanggang sa araw na ito ay pinapahanga ako ni Ninoy. Nagsisilbi siyang inspirasyon ko sa pagiging lider na totoong maglilingkod at magbbigay lakas at boses sa mamamayan sa pamamagitan ng good governance,” Mayor Belmonte said.

When he was a senator, he was the closest rival of then President Ferdinand Marcos Sr, and one of the first political prisoners detained during the Martial Law.

Even in prison, Ninoy still acted as a powerful political catalyst that made him a serious threat to the Marcos dictatorial regime.

When he went back to the Philippines from undergoing medical operation in US, he was assassinated upon his arrival at the then Manila International Airport on August 21, 1983.

“On this day, 36 years ago, Ninoy died courageously in the name of people’s rights and freedom. May Ninoy’s selfless deed make us, public servants, realize democracy’s fullest meaning for our people,” Mayor Belmonte added.

Mayor Joy Belmonte led this year’s commemoration, her first as the city’s chief executive with Vice Mayor Gian Sotto.

They were joined by the National Historical Commission, Quezon City Police District, Quezon City- Bureau of Fire Protection, Boy Scouts of the Philippines, Inner wheel club of the Philippines, Rotary Club District 378, city department heads, and city barangay officials.