The Filipino is worth dying for.
-Sen. Benigno S. Aquino, Jr.
Today, twenty-six years go, Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, Jr., a Filipino patriot and hero, was assassinated upon his return to the Philippines to challenge the presidency of Ferdinand Marcos. Aquino, who was on a self-imposed exile in the U.S. was shot in the head as he stepped off the plane at the tarmac of the Philippine International Airport (now known as the Ninoy Aquino International Airport) and died on the spot. His death sparked protests amongst Filipinos which led to the now-famous EDSA Revolution, a peaceful revolution which toppled the Marcos dictatorship and restored democracy in the Philippines.