(By DinggolAranetaDivinagracia – IlonggoNationMovement)
Prologue: “A tribute to Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino on the occasion of the 37th anniversary of that fateful day on August 21, 1983.”
A Moment in Time
Sometime in the year 2007, after watching a TV replay of MEDIA IN FOCUS, hosted by Professor Che Che Lazaro, the early part of the topic “Huwag Magpakatuta” caught my attention.
Her guest was the Grand Dame of Philippine Journalism; recipient of several awards, the latest is the 2006 President Ramon Magsaysay Award for Journalism which is equivalent to the Nobel Peace Prize this side of the globe. This fearless living icon in the world of journalism is EUGENIA DURAN-APOSTOL– then 84 years old.
Ms. Apostol said she resigned from the Catholic Publication where she started her journalistic career and decided to join a non-catholic media group. The reason was that the Manila Archbishop prohibited her from the coverage and write-up of the Russian Ballet Cultural Dance Troupe because the readers might be influenced by the “Red” ideology.
Eugenia Duran Apostol catapulted to fame and proved her mettle, after the assassination of Sen. Ninoy Aquino during Martial Law. Ninoy’s unprecedented funeral entourage of about two million people barely got media exposure as the local TV, Print and Broadcast practitioners cowered in fear. It’s like “ang ginamos gin tabunan sang kan-on” or “ang bago-ong tinakpan ng kanin” as the ethnic saying goes.
But this woman with balls, this “Free Press Advocate” published fearlessly in the nationwide issue of her Mr & Ms. Magazine, 16-page detailed news complete with pictorials of the sad historic event. When asked if she was afraid — she replied: “We were too busy to be afraid”. But admits, they had a clandestine editorial office for any eventualities.
And the rest sabi dah! is history.
Epilogue: Today many people believed that Ninoy died as a Martyr and a Hero; thus, deserved appropriate honor and proper accolade. While others believe his death was justified being a traitor to the Filipino people and the country.
This reminds me of the Roman Senator of olden times named Marc Anthony who once said; The evil that men do, lives after them; the good is often interred with their bones! ” –dinggol.d~~~
The Aquino of Tarlac that I knew: https://www.facebook.com/notes/dinggol-araneta-divinagracia-acct-i/the-aquino-of-tarlac-that-i-knew/1822613477782986