CIA report says Ninoy was an "opportunist" and was "consumed with ambition" to be president - The Daily Sentry

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CIA report says Ninoy was an "opportunist" and was "consumed with ambition" to be president



Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) declassified document showed a report about the rivalry of former Senator Benigno Simeon "Ninoy" Aquino Jr. and former President Ferdinand Marcos.
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The 10 pages document said that Aquino has consumed by his ambition to defeat Marcos and become the president of the Philippines.

Read some of the documents below:

"Much of Aquino’s personal political history — and thus some of Marcos’s possible motives for neutralizing him politically– has been obscured in the confusion following the assassination. Although the press characterized Aquino as a man committed to democratic processes and integrity in government, his political career shows that he was an opportunist and was consumed with the ambition to run the Philippines as President."
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CIA also reported the word-war between Marcos and Aquino that destroyed their friendship.

"Aquino and Marcos each recognized the danger the other represented. Both took an expedient, if not ruthless, approach to their political and personal relationships throughout their political careers. Both switched parties when they found it advantageous. Both came from the provinces with a tradition of political violence, and both took part in it. Prior to martial law, Aquino wrote in a June 1972 newspaper article that the Philippines needed “a man on a white horse” to provide discipline and guidance. But Marcos had the same vision and acted first."

The report also said that Aquino was distrusted by the military because of revealing the secret plan of the Philippines to conquer Sabah, Malaysia and also his alleged contacts with anti-Marcos terrorist and Muslim rebels in the Middle east.
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The business community was also worried according to the report because they don’t know what to expect from Ninoy.

"The enmity between the two men was deep, personal, and longstanding. A backroom attempt to reach an accommodation in 1966 degenerated into a heated, first-shaking, shouting match. In 1968, Marcos publicly accused Aquino of being a Communist collaborator and suggested that the government might indict him for subversion. In a 1968 speech, Aquino attacked Imelda Marcos as new Evita Peron and published a paper with a photo of a bejeweled Imelda next to a malnourished Filipino child. Enraged Marcos called Aquino a “congenital liar” and told him to “spare women and children.” Relations never improved from that low point."
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It also reported the importance of Aquino in Philippine Politics and his strong influence even he’s already living in the United States after his heart surgery.

"Beyond Marcos, Aquino had enemies in a wide range of important Philippine interest groups. The military reportedly distrusted him, because of his revelations in the late 1960s of Manila’s involvement in a secret plan to infiltrate Sabah, Malaysia, and his ongoing contacts with US-based anti-Marcos terrorist and Philippine Muslim rebels in the Middle East. The business community did not know what to expect from Aquino, and feared that he could not ensure the political stability required for a healthy business environment if he came to power. These interest groups now form the lynchpin to Marcos’s power base."
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The document was published by MindaNation after Carlos Munda, one of the writers of the news website discovered the documents on the archive of CIA.

"Nonetheless, next to Marcos, Aquino was the most important man in Philippine politics,. Although he lived in the United States following heart surgery, he was in constant contact with both government and the opposition. His public statements were carried, and often attacked, by the government controlled press, and unceasing speculation about his eventual return provided grist for Philippine rumor mills. His political aura was such that during theJune 1981 presidential election, Marcos, who was assured certain victory, prevented only one opponent — Aquino — from running against him."






Source: MindaNation