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Book review: “Noynoy survives attack”

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(BY: ATTY. BATAS MAURICIO)    LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others…” (Philippians 2:3-4, the Holy Bible).

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“LABAN HIS STORY”, A SHORT REVIEW: I haven’t read the entirety of the book yet, but my review of some of the stories contained in “Laban His Story”, a compilation of reminiscences written by former Tarlac Rep. Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr. and others from the Cojuangco-Aquino clan, impressed me a lot. Let me cite one such story about President Benigno Aquino III (or Noynoy). Read on:

“On August 28, 1987, Noynoy survived injury from numerous bullets that reminded us that Ninoy (or former Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr., Noynoy’s father) died from one. The rebel soldiers attacked Malacanang Palace during the air coup attempt against the government of President Cory Aquino (Noynoy’s mother).

“Noynoy sensed the danger and decided to go to Malacanang: `Gusto kong kasama ako ng aking ina at kapatid.’ With his security aide Joseph Galleta in his car and Sgt. Oscar Arevalo, Marine Sgt. Samuel Santos and Airman 1st Class Janayto Sunio in the backup car they proceeded to Malacanang.

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“NOYNOY SURVIVES ATTACK”: “They were approaching J.P. Laurel when a group of soldiers stopped them and shouted, `Go back. Stop? Alight from your vehicle, fast!’ Noynoy answered, `We are not the enemy. I am Noynoy!’ Joseph said to Noynoy, `Sir, I have never seen them before.’ The soldiers started shooting at the backup car and killed all three on the spot.

“As soldiers began firing at Noynoy’s car, Joseph immediately sprang to cover Noynoy. Several bullets went through Joseph’s back while Noynoy was hit at the back of his arm. Both lay drenched in their own blood. When the rebel soldiers stopped shooting, Noynoy attempted to get out of the car.

“The soldiers started shooting again, hitting Noynoy at the side of his neck. Noynoy slumped on the back seat of his car. He got up when Joseph told him, `Sir, I have been blinded’. Noynoy grabbed the portable radio and called then Captain now General Bodet Honrado who received the message, `Help us. We have been hit.’

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“DON’T SOLDIER, WE ARE HURT”: “The message was short. Captain Honrado, the Commander of the Presidential Security Escorts sensing danger ordered his men to drive the APC and the armored ambulance named Samaritan. A soldier pointed his gun at Joseph and Noynoy said, `Don’t soldier, we are hurt’. Shocked at the sight of Noynoy’s bloody face, the soldier could not pull the trigger and lowered his armalite.

“Captain Honrado and his men arrived at the scene with the V150 APC and the `Samaritan’. Captain Honrado said, `Don’t shoot, we are fetching the wounded.’ The rebel soldiers stopped aiming their rifles upon seeing the Red Cross on the side of the ambulance, even though there was a 30-caliber machine gun mounted on the vehicle.

“Captain Honrado reached out for Joseph who was down on the ground. He suggested that it would be safer for Noynoy to go to Arlegui instead of the hospital because the streets weren’t safe with wayward elements. Noynoy answer he didn’t want his sisters to see him bloodied. Captain Honrado answered, `Come on, I’ll hide you…”

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PLEASE LISTEN: “Tambalang Batas at Somintac”, jointly aired at 1062 kHz in Manila, 1080 kHz in Dagupan City, 711 kHz in Naga City, 1260 kHz in Lucena City, 1224 kHz in Davao City, and at www.eaglenews.ph,  Mondays to Fridays, at 6 a.m.;  “Kakampi Mo Ang Batas”, at 103.7 mHz in Don Carlos, Bukidnon, Mondays to Fridays, at 7 a.m.; “Kakampi Mo Ang Batas” at 801 kHz on the AM band (Panay Island), Mondays to Fridays, at 10 a.m.; and “Kakampi Mo Ang Batas” at 107.5 Win FM, Roxas, Isabela  (Saturday, 5:30 a.m., and Sunday,  7 a.m.). -30-




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