The Philippines will mark the 30th anniversary of the assassination of former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. this coming August 21, Wednesday. This is stipulated in Republic Act (RA) 9256, which then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed in 2004. Read the full text of RA 9256 through this link.

In accordance with RA 9256, President Benigno Aquino III has listed August 21 2013 as one of the legal holidays for 2013 through Proclamation 459 (click here to read). This particular holiday comes just twelve days after the celebration of the Eid’l Fitr national holiday on August 9 and merely five days before the National Heroes Day on August 26.

Aquino, a leading voice of dissent during the dictatorial regime of Ferdinand Marcos, was shot upon his arrival from the United States three decades ago after staying there for three years due to a heart ailment. He is the wife of former President Corazon Aquino. President Aquino is their only son.

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