NINOY AQUINO AND THE COMMUNIST CONNECTION
Ninoy Aquino would say emphatically countless time, “I am not a communist!” It was believable because he certainly did not sound like a communist agitator and neither did he talk like some devotee of Lenin or Marx or Mao. Sure, he spoke about the ills of society and problem of widespread poverty and corruption, but having a passion about those issues does not make one a communist any more than a fascination for the USA makes one a lover of democracy. So when Ferdinand Marcos accused Ninoy as consorting with the communists, people would only think that Marcos had simply run out of imagination. Ninoy, a communist, c’mon, are you fucking out of your mind?
Yet this part of Ninoy’s life is a recurring controversy people would rather not dwell on, an issue best left alone lest you disturb the peace of the world. After all, he is a hero to whom we owe. And a hero is a hero; the least you can do in appreciation of his heroism, do not talk about his blots and blemishes if there were any. Though you wonder: what is wrong in admitting you like Marx’s ideas?
Yet something’s not quite right. Being a communist and believing in the tenets of communism is not the same as consorting with the communists. Declaring you are not a communist does not answer the question ‘are you consorting with the communists?’
Was Ninoy Aquino consorting with the communists? He was, says this article on gmanews.tv by Lisandrio Claudio: Ninoy networked with everyone, Reds included