Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 21) — President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. called for unity anew as he joined the country in commemorating the 40th death anniversary of former senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr.
In a statement on Monday, Marcos said Aquino became “an example of being relentless and resolute for many Filipinos.”
He also said Filipinos must gain inspiration from Aquino’s “indomitable spirit,” as he called on them to unite for the nation’s progress.
“In our purposive quest for a more united and prosperous Philippines, let us transcend political barriers that hamper us from securing the comprehensive welfare and advancement of our beloved people,” he said.
“Let us allow this compelling force to promote collaboration, celebrate diversity, and create a society that is teeming with vitality and inspiration,” Marcos added.
Aquino, a known critic of his father, the late dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos, was assassinated on the tarmac of the then Manila International Airport on Aug. 21, 1983 as he returned from self-exile in the United States.