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August 22, 2013


Photo: Benigno Aquino
Benigno Aquino
Ken Kashiwahara

The Assassination Of Benigno Aquino

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BBC World Service

On Aug. 21, 1983, Benigno Aquino, a Philippine opposition leader, flew back to his country from exile, hoping to run for office. He had been imprisoned for leading the opposition during the era of martial law under President Ferdinand Marcos, and had been allowed to leave the country for a surgery in the U.S.. But once martial law was lifted, he decided to return, despite the great perils he faced there. Brother in law and journalist Ken Kashiwahara traveled with him that day, and in this piece from the BBC World Service's Witness, he tells the story of what happened the moment their plane landed on the tarmac.


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