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BLOODLESS - Tale of a Hero and the People He Died For

You knew you were going to die. 1 And yet you came, thinking no matter how insane, the man on the seat of power would never want you dead … it would be too much on his head. And so you came, and there in the brightness of the day they took your life away, on the tarmac… in broad daylight. 2 I was too young to fully understand, and yet I cried - The greatest leader we never had, the greatest leader we needed to have … died. August 21, 1983 was a day of ignominy. The nation suffered from shamed infamy; Too many people, not just one witness, yet not anyone saw, everyone was witless. The world mocked our country of too little people. Seemed all we could do was pray on the steeple, we were hopeless, hopeless…helpless… Quo vadis, Filipino? The tide of justice was slow in turning, even though on the streets, one felt intense mourning. Peace loving people were silently seething, faithful and compliant, yet inwardly…defiant. Seventeen years seemed still not enough, the man on the throne just couldn’t give up; With close-knit advisers, and media sanitizers - If one contradicts, he sees the gunpoint…with silencers. What must have you felt the days after you left? Did you think we were too blind, too mute and deaf? Took almost three years for us, to finally get our act I guess we were too set in our ways, too afraid…to react. What the man in power and his cronies up the tower. must not have considered… are the new movers and shakers. There was only so much we could take… There was only so much we could tolerate… February 25, 1986 was the day we started to fix 3 the road of our shamed history. It was the day People Power came to be the man in power was kicked out from tower as ordinary citizens , nuns and everyone faced his armed men aboard the tanks. People unarmed, just some bottled water, a few sandwiches and bunches of flowers. It was the day we looked up the sky, offered a fervent gratitude to heaven’s door - and told Ninoy…thank you for believing “The Filipino is worth dying for”. 4 History Notes: 1. Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, Jr., then senator and leading opposition leader (to Pres. Ferdinand Marcos, Philippine dictator who was in power 1965-1986) was advised by the First Lady not to come back from 3-year exile in the USA, as there was a plot to assassinate him. As to whose plot, it was not clarified. 2. Manila International Airport, right after he went out of the airplane. Media took photos from the window. 3. There was so much social unrest, and Cardinal Sin, through the radio and other respected media men, finally appealed to all people to go out and stage a massive peaceful protest with people making human barricade against the tanks in EDSA Avenue, Metro Manila's main thoroughfare. No one was killed. Ninoy's wife Cory Aquino who won the election, took the oath of office. The People Power Revolution, the first of its kind, in the Philippines and in the world, was eventually copied by France and other countries. 4. Ninoy Aquino, in an interview a few minutes before he left the plane to his death. 31 July 2015

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Date: 9/4/2015 9:13:00 PM
Kim, so glad this incredible write finally got it's proper due.. Congrats on a most deserved win!
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Date: 8/21/2015 11:56:00 PM
Hey Kim a nicely composed piece, Hats off to all heroes and heroines who speak out against atrocious regime, doesn't matter who is leading if they are oppressive the people will be unsettled.. a great poem hats off to a free society...***Shalom and glad tidings
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Date: 8/21/2015 3:25:00 PM
Also, the late Mr. Aquino's peaceful yet steadfast courage and eventual assassination reminds me SO much of Martin Luther King...
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Date: 8/21/2015 3:13:00 PM
I remember 'President' (Dictator) Marcos and his wife Imelda and her infamous collection of 1000 shoes... I also remember the swearing in of Mrs. Aguino as his successor...I was so proud of her and the whole nation because I have a connection with The Philippines as our overseas homeport was in Subic Bay in the 70's while Marcos was in power...I love the Filipino people. OutSTANDING write my friend and congrats - Tim
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Date: 8/20/2015 2:59:00 AM
Ooooh, I like this political piece. The notes and pictures greatly add to the impact. Hi Kim! Conrats on your win, my Dear. xoxo LyLy
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Date: 8/20/2015 1:04:00 AM
Congrats on ur awesome poem n win Kim!
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Date: 8/19/2015 1:55:00 AM
Kim, Congratulations.... SKAT
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Date: 8/3/2015 2:57:00 AM
Kim, ang galing! love how you tell the this Phil history!! catching upwith the commenting, im sorry for not replying so soon!~Olive Eloisa =')
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Date: 8/2/2015 11:26:00 PM
G'day Kim... I do recall bits and pieces about the Filipino people and their democratic struggle (we seemed to hear more about Imelda Marcos' shoe collection) A hard hitting poem Kim - Lindsay
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Date: 8/2/2015 9:25:00 AM
Wow Kim, Such a powerful piece of writing. I remember it all as it unfolded and I was appalled that something so brazen could happen. I follow world events closely and this stuck in my mind as a completely shocking event. Thank goodness those bad days are gone and that you have the freedom to write about them. A thoughtful and a historical piece of writing Kim. Congratulations---a big 7---superb......kind regards-----John
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Date: 8/1/2015 10:09:00 AM
a heck of s write Kim gl in contest 7
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Date: 7/31/2015 9:59:00 PM
wow, that truly is EPIC, thanks for the history lesson. I did not even know this stuff. Well, when I was in school, this had not even happened yet! VERY GOOD writing.
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Date: 7/31/2015 9:57:00 PM
and I must disagree with one line "The world mocked our country of too little people." I think quite the opposite, the world was with you, and hoping for better days for you. Democracy is a long path with many bumps on the road!
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Date: 7/31/2015 9:54:00 PM
Wow, first A7, i love story telling in poetic form, what a way to inspire people to want to learn more! One of my favorite books is about the Philippines, "In our image, Americas empire in the Philippines" by Stanely Karnow
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Date: 7/31/2015 10:06:00 PM
Well, the funny thing is, the book also helps explain the great bonds of friendship that have resulted!!!
Date: 7/31/2015 11:33:00 AM
Powerful well constructed piece, a hero will always be a hero no matter how long it is, if there are no people like him I wonder what the world would be, miss Aquino was indeed a strong woman for her character to bring thing to order. Your write show how poison this menace is to your mind, thanks for shared this history. excellent.............A.M.
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Date: 7/31/2015 11:29:00 AM
Your have a gift in telling a story that lets the reader feel a part of what is unfolding before them. Your words play within our hearts and their magic comes alive and fill us with overpowering emotions of love, sadness, pity, joy, admiration, respect and acceptance, that we are moved to pain. Emile.
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Date: 7/31/2015 10:55:00 AM
Hello Kim!! Most excellent here in every respect. I'm truly in awe of your write here and the depth of research you put into to everything. I certainly remember this tragic event from the past!! Extraordinary Work!! A "7" + FAV!! Cheers and Best Wishes, Gary
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Gary Bateman
Date: 8/1/2015 9:58:00 AM
No Problem Ever Kim!! Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, Jr. was truly a brilliant and most brave man. I do remember all of this quite clearly, as if it were yesterday!! He is very much part of the wonderful heritage of your country. His majestic spirit lives on in the Philippines, very much like JFK in the United States. Cheers and Best, Gary
Date: 7/31/2015 7:53:00 AM
Where would the world be without these people of courage and vision? Time and again they pay the ultimate price so that others can walk in freedom. Through interdependence the world owes all of these people a huge debt of gratitude. Kind regards, Ian
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Date: 7/31/2015 7:09:00 AM
A notable epic indeed, He made the ultimate sacrifice, somehow I believe He knew his destiny and achieved His goal. So many great men have traveled that path. Thanks for sharing this, Kim
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Date: 7/31/2015 7:06:00 AM
- A hero that will never be forgotten - a day, a date, a year that will always be remembered - Brutally murdered !!! - A great written epic poem, dear Kim (7) - I wish you good luck in the contest ...... and a beautiful weekend - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 7/31/2015 7:05:00 AM
This is what it is all about these days on so many different levels. This is inspiring and sad at the same time. It seems we are in a constant struggle for liberty and freedom. There is no easy path.
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