Philippines recalls Aquino killing

The Philippines is marking the 20th anniversary of the assassination of Benigno Aquino, one of the most crucial figures in the country's recent history.

The death of Mr Aquino led to the overthrow of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos and the restoration of democracy.

Filipinos are commemorating the anniversary with a special holiday, the unveiling of a new statue of Mr Aquino and by bedecking the streets of Manila with yellow.

Yellow was the colour of the opposition to the corrupt regime of President Ferdinand Marcos.

In life, Mr Aquino, as exiled leader of that opposition, did little to loosen Mr Marcos' grip on power.

But on the 21 August, 1983, he was shot dead as he stepped off the aircraft that had brought him back from exile.

Marcos toppled

The assassination began the period of political turmoil that ended with the 1986 People Power Revolution which overthrew Mr Marcos and replaced him with Mr Aquino's widow, Corazon.

Mrs Aquino restored democracy which is still in place today.

Her late husband is now widely regarded here as a heroic, almost saintly figure.

But many of the characteristics of the Marcos era - political violence, corruption and poverty - are still rife in the Philippines and the mastermind of the assassination of Mr Aquino has never been conclusively identified.

20/08/2003

Bron : BBC World News

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