…at least not in verbatim. I just learned that Ninoy’s most popular quote isn’t really an utterance of his.

What he really said was more eloquent, more brilliant, and true enough, it struck me after the first time I heard it in his August 1980 speech. After hearing it a number of times, I tried searching for the transcript of his speech. Here’s what he really said:

“I have asked myself many times: Is the Filipino worth suffering, or even dying, for? Is he not a coward who would readily yield to any colonizer, be he foreign or homegrown? Is a Filipino more comfortable under an authoritarian leader because he does not want to be burdened with the freedom of choice? Is he unprepared, or worse, ill-suited for presidential or parliamentary democracy?

“I have carefully weighed the virtues and the faults of the Filipino and I have come to the conclusion that he is worth dying for because he is the nation’s greatest untapped resource.”

Today, let us remember the roots of our democracy and freedom. Relive the spirit of EDSA People Power Revolution.