When we talk about Philippine democracy, Ninoy Aquino’s assassination will somehow come up.
I’ve already written in my On Target column in the Inquirer that he could have masterminded his own murder, because he was already dying.
Ninoy was prophetic in his description of his supposed upcoming death, even predicting that his assassin would be shot in return.
He knew that his bulletproof jacket would be useless.
He knew he would be shot in the head.
Some people will probably ask, but Mon, how can that be? No one is that crazy!
Let me tell you, crazier things have been done in this world.
The reason why Ninoy was in the U.S.A. was that it was humanitarian gesture from Marcos, since he needed to have a complicated heart surgery to survive.
And if he stayed in another country, he would be a footnote in history
On the other hand, if he could die as the martyr, then his place in history would be secure.
Now, we all know of Ninoy’s bombastic, outspoken personality, because it is what put him in prison in the first place.
It is hard to imagine that he would have preferred a quiet death.
I would say that the right phrase for Ninoy, given all of what he said before he died, is that he knew too much about his own death.
In fact, he was preparing people to expect his death, like it was some spectacle.
It’s too convenient, and because of that, the idea of Ninoy orchestrating his own death could be an inconvenient truth.
If you think about it, it sounds more plausible than having premonitions and talking about how it would all be over in three to four minutes, as he said.
Some people say that he lost the game.
I propose that he won the game, by playing his cards in the way that most people will never expect.
It’s just like in chess.
Sometimes, the lowest piece, the pawn, can move forward and become a queen.
To do that, you sometimes have to sacrifice other more powerful pieces.
But when the pawn becomes the queen, the game really changes.
So, who killed Ninoy?
It may be that he won the game by killing himself.