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Kit Belmonte urges Filipinos to value freedom on Ninoy Aquino Day

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Quezon City Rep. Kit Belmonte called on Filipinos Wednesday to value their freedom on the 36th anniversary of former senator Ninoy Aquino’s death.

Belmonte made the remark as he also remembered the 48th year of the Plaza Miranda bombing in Manila.

“Today commemorates events involving a place that celebrates discourse, and a man who spoke without fear. Nawa’y tuloy-tuloy nating pahalagahan ang ating tinatamasang mga kalayaan, tungo sa pagkamit ng tunay na katarungan,” he said in a statement.

Aquino was shot dead on the tarmac of what was formerly known as the Manila International Airport on August 23, 1983. He had returned from exile from the United States to fight the dictatorship of then-President Ferdinand Marcos.

Meanwhile, the bombing of Plaza Miranda took place during a campaign rally of the Liberal Party on August 21, 1971.

Nine died in the incident while 95 others, including some prominent politikos, were injured.