‘What is August 21 for?’

Buhay Representative  Lito Atienza asked the question since  he is confused why Filipinos keep on commemorating August 21 every year.

“Is it because of the Plaza Miranda bombing in 1971 and the assassination of former Senator Ninoy Aquino in 1983?,” Atienza said.

According to the solon, up to this day, these two remain the biggest unsolved crimes in our country’s history.

Atienza lamented that this date only reminds Filipinos of the incompetence of government in bringing the perpetrators to justice.

“And that every year we remember those who were killed in the Plaza Miranda and Ninoy by rewarding ourselves with a holiday?”  he said.

Atienza himself was a survivor of the Plaza Miranda bombing.

He was one of the Liberal Party’s youngest candidates for councilor then.

Atienza pointed out that it was Ninoy’s heroism that inspired him and thousands of Filipino youth to fight for our democratic rights.

“It has been 48 years since the Plaza Miranda bombing and 36 years since Ninoy was assassinated. Pero hanggang ngayon ay hindi pa rin lumalabas kung sino ang talagang mastermind. We are only reminding ourselves each year of the inefficiency and ineffectivity of our criminal justice system,” he said.

“Dalawang Aquino na ang naging pangulo ngunit hindi pa rin natin na-solve ‘yung krimen.  May suspetsa na tayo kung sino, pero wala pa ring nananagot. Nakulong lang ang mga kasabwat pero tila napalaya na rin sila,” the veteran solon added.

Until now the real masterminds of two of the biggest political murders in our history remain scot free. So what are we commemorating?” Atienza pointed out.