MANILA, Aug 21 (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III arrived at the Manila Memorial Park in Parañaque City Thursday to attend a Mass marking the 31st death anniversary of his father, former Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr.
Aquino arrived in time for the Mass that started after 10:20 a.m.
Members of the Aquino family including the President’s sisters Viel, Ballsy and Kris had also arrived there for the Mass.
Another sister of the President, Ballsy Aquino, and Pangasinan Rep. Georgina “Gina” de Venecia were among those who arrived early.
Newly appointed Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang also arrived for the Mass.
The nation marks Thursday the 31st death anniversary of former Sen. Aquino, who was gunned down at the tarmac of the Manila International Airport on Aug. 21, 1983. The MIA now bears his name.
Aquino’s assassination triggered a series of protests that led to the EDSA I revolt in 1986. The 1986 revolt catapulted his widow, Cory Aquino, to the presidency. (MNS)