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Ninoy and Noynoy

Twinkling with Ninfa R. Leonardia

I did not personally know “Noynoy”,  or Benigno Aquino III, son of the late Benigno Aquino Jr. and grandson of Benigno Aquino,  shall we say, the First – but I never heard anything against him during the time he served as a public official. That was why, even if I have never seen, much less, met him, I felt very sad upon hearing of his very  much unexpected death the other day. I can just imagine the shock of his family when he failed to wake up that morning.

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But perhaps that kind of passing is a grace from God. With the life he led, and his devotion to public service, he was spared from the sufferings many people go  through before they depart from this world. Even if I also did not know any other member of his family, I mean the ones still alive, I did  know  and met his father, after whom our International airport is now named, the late Benigno Aquino Jr. who was brutally  gunned down at that airport.

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“Noynoy”, as the son was called, was, I think, quite the opposite of his father, as far as their personalities were concerned. Where Noynoy was reserved, and appeared to be  –  at least – conservative, his dad was voluble, very friendly and could get along  with anybody. Yes, I did meet him personally and had even been his guest in his hometown, Tarlac, when I went there for a seminar in journalism where I was among the resource persons.

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Ah, Ninoy, as he liked to be called, was full of fun and mischief. He took us around his hometown, and later hosted us at dinner and afterwards  girlie-girlie club where I found out later, that he did it to see my reaction to the naughty floor shows. Well, I guess I disappointed him because I did not cross myself or behaved shocked by the naughty performances and the songs, but also clapped as loudly as they – there were only two of us girls – did. But he was a wonderful host, and made our stay in Tarlac quite memorable.

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I must  have written about that  in previous columns, only the news about  his son brought the memories back. Anyway, I am sure he would have been proud of PNoy, even if they had very different personalities. PNoy was quiet and rather conservative – quite the opposite of his father. But I am sure he also inherited the brains and other talents of his, shall we say, illustrious father? Can we say the same about the son  and heir of the unlamented Ferdinand Marcos? I haven’t heard or read anything about him lately. Is he still in the country?

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By the way, today  is the day for the sentencing of the man called Derek Chauvin – remember him? He was the policeman in the United States  who knelt on the neck of a black man named George Floyd  and ignored his pleadings of “I can’t breathe” until he died. Let us see how the judge will decide on that case of “Man’s inhumanity to man” that had shocked the whole world as it was not only fully shown on TV,  but replayed over and over as well! Let us see how American justice will act on a case like this.

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Some reports on the case claim that Chauvin may not get a very harsh sentence because it may be considered by the judge as an “unintentional murder”. Well, unintentional or not, a life was lost, so the judge on the case must be having sleepless nights trying to figure out what decision, and what  sentence to mete. Unfortunately for Chauvin, someone was able to take a video of his act, and that must have been presented in court. Today we will know his fate.

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Now, what is this late news about the efficacy of the vaccines that have come from China? Sinovac, Sinopharm, Astrazeneca – which one would you opt for? Comments from the World Health Organization seem to be confusing, especially with regards  to their  efficacy. I know that our province and city are quite active in acquiring and implementing vaccinations among our people, but is it true that many are still hesitant to submit to it? Well, if my friends ask me, I would tell them that my folks and I have undergone  vaccination about three months ago already, and, I tell you, I, for one, feel  freer to  meet people post vaccination days. If you don’t care for yourself, think of your family!*

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