49 Facts About Ninoy Aquino


Ninoy Aquino was the significant leader who together with the intellectual leader Sen.


Early in his Senate career, Ninoy Aquino vigorously attempted to investigate the Jabidah massacre in March 1968.


Shortly after the imposition of martial law in 1972, Ninoy Aquino was arrested along with other members of the opposition.


Ninoy Aquino has been described as Marcos' "most famous political prisoner".


Ninoy Aquino founded his own party, Lakas ng Bayan and ran in the 1978 Philippine parliamentary election, but all the party's candidates lost in the election.


Ninoy Aquino was assassinated at Manila International Airport on August 21,1983, upon returning from his self-imposed exile.


Ninoy Aquino's death revitalised opposition to Marcos; it catapulted his widow, Corazon, into the political limelight and prompted her to successfully run for a six-year term as president as a member of the United Nationalist Democratic Organization party in the 1986 snap election.


Ninoy Aquino has been listed as a Motu Propio human rights violations victim of the Martial Law era.


Ninoy Aquino was born in Concepcion, Tarlac on November 27,1932 to Benigno Aquino Sr.


Ninoy Aquino's grandfather, Servillano Aquino, was a general in the revolutionary army of Emilio Aguinaldo, the officially recognized first President of the Philippines.


Ninoy Aquino received his elementary education at the basic education department of De La Salle College and finished at the basic education department of Saint Joseph's College of Quezon City.


Ninoy Aquino then graduated at the high school department of San Beda College.


Ninoy Aquino took his tertiary education at Ateneo de Manila University to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree, but he interrupted his studies.


Ninoy Aquino took up law at the University of the Philippines Diliman, where he became a member of Upsilon Sigma Phi, the same fraternity as Ferdinand Marcos.


Ninoy Aquino interrupted his studies again however to pursue a career in journalism.


Ninoy Aquino became mayor of Concepcion in 1955 at the age of 23.


Ninoy Aquino gained an early familiarity with Philippine politics, as he was born into one of the Philippines' political and landholding clans.


Ninoy Aquino's grandfather served under President Aguinaldo, and his father held office under Presidents Quezon and Jose P Laurel.


Ninoy Aquino became known as a constant critic of the Marcos regime, as his flamboyant rhetoric had made him a darling of the media.


Ninoy Aquino assailed the Cultural Center, the first project of First Lady Imelda Marcos as extravagant, and dubbed it "a monument to shame" and labelled its designer "a megalomaniac, with a penchant to captivate".


The First Lady's friends angrily accused Ninoy Aquino of being "ungallant".


Ninoy Aquino, elected senator in 1967, was not a candidate in the 1971 midterm election hence was not in Plaza Miranda, but his absence caused some to assume that Ninoy Aquino's friends in the New People's Army tipped him off in advance.


Ninoy Aquino was tried before Military Commission No 2, headed by Major-General Jose Syjuco and moved to the Codenamed "Alpha" Room at Fort Magsaysay in Laur, Nueva Ecija.


Ninoy Aquino acquiesced, confident that he had made a symbolic gesture.


In 1978, from his prison cell, Ninoy Aquino was allowed to run in the 1978 Philippine parliamentary election.


All of the party's candidates, including Ninoy Aquino, lost the election.


In mid-March 1980, Ninoy Aquino suffered a heart attack, mostly in a solitary cell.


Ninoy Aquino was transported to the Philippine Heart Center, where he suffered a second heart attack.


Ninoy Aquino's request was granted and Ninoy was allowed to go to the US for surgery, together with his entire family.


Ninoy Aquino continued to work on two books and gave a series of lectures while on fellowship grants from Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Ninoy Aquino never stopped affirming his eventual return even as he enjoyed American hospitality and a peaceful life with his family on American soil.


Ninoy Aquino believed that it was expedient for him to speak to Marcos and present to him his rationale for the country's return to democracy, before extremists took over and made such a change impossible.


Ninoy Aquino decided to go back to the Philippines, fully aware of the dangers that awaited him.


Ninoy Aquino eventually obtained a legitimate passport from a sympathizer working in a Philippine consulate through the help of Roque R Ablan Jr.


Ninoy Aquino insisted that it was his natural right as a citizen to come back to his homeland, and that no government could prevent him from doing so.


Ninoy Aquino left Logan International Airport on August 13,1983, took a circuitous route home from Boston, via Los Angeles, to Singapore.


Once in Johor, Ninoy Aquino met up with Tunku Ibrahim's father, Sultan Iskandar, who was a close friend to Ninoy Aquino.


Ninoy Aquino then left for Hong Kong and on to Taipei.


Ninoy Aquino had chosen Taipei as the final stopover when he learned the Philippines had severed diplomatic ties with the Republic of China.


Ninoy Aquino was shot in the head after returning to the Philippines on August 21,1983.


Hours after the assassination, Ninoy Aquino's remains were autopsied at Loyola Memorial Chapels in Makati.


Thousands of supporters flocked to see the bloodied body of Ninoy Aquino, which took place at the Ninoy Aquino household in Times Street, West Triangle, Quezon City, for eight days.


Ninoy Aquino was getting impatient in Boston, he felt isolated by the flow of events in the Philippines.


Ninoy Aquino thought that by coming home he might be able to persuade Marcos to restore democracy and somehow revitalize the Liberal Party.


However, during his seven years and seven months imprisoned as a criminal, Ninoy Aquino read the book Born Again by convicted Watergate conspirator Charles Colson and it inspired him to a rude awakening.


Ninoy Aquino emerged as a contemporary counterpart of Jose Rizal, who was among the most vocal proponents of the use of non-violence to combat a repressive regime at the time, following the model of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.


Ninoy Aquino was portrayed by Amado Cortez in the 1994 film Mayor Cesar Climaco.


Ninoy Aquino was prominently featured in the film A Dangerous Life.


Ninoy Aquino is portrayed by Isko Moreno and by Jerome Ponce as the young Aquino in the 2023 film Martyr or Murderer.