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PNoy visits old Boston home, chats with Kennedy scion over pizza

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President Benigno Aquino III on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) continued his trip down memory lane in Boston by visiting the house where his family lived while his father, the late Senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr., was on exile during the Martial Law years.

Aquino was all smiles when he entered the house on 175 Commonwealth Avenue in Newton, where he spent his early adulthood.

The President and his delegation also toured the compound of his old home, which is now owned by a retired American teacher.

A GMA News report also showed Aquino happily chatting with an old neighbor.

Aquinos family lived in Boston from 1980 to 1983, after Marcos allowed Ninoy to be released from prison and to undergo a heart operation in the United States.

In a speech before the Filipino community in Boston on Sunday (Monday, Manila time), Aquino described his Boston home as a "haven from the persecution of the dictatorship" of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos.

President Aquinos father was gunned down at the tarmac of the Manila International Airport on Aug. 21, 1983. The MIA now bears NInoys name.

Ninoys assassination triggered a series of protests that led to the EDSA People Power Revolution in February 1986. The 1986 revolt toppled Marcos and catapulted Ninoys widow, Corazon, to the presidency.

Also in his Boston speech, Aquino admitted wanting to avenge his fathers death, but said it would run counter to Ninoys deep regard for peaceful dialogue.

Meeting with Rep. Kennedy

President Aquino also had casual meeting with Rep. Joseph Kennedy III in Newton on Monday.

Kennedy, who invited Aquino to Massachusetts during his recent Manila visit, is the grandson of the late US Sen. Robert Kennedy and grandnephew of US President John F. Kennedy.

President Aquino and Rep. Kennedy were shown in a government video chatting over pizza and soda. They were joined by Newton Mayor Setti Warren.



On Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time), the President will attend a high-level United Nations Climate Change Summit in New York. He is expected to to showcase during the summit what the Philippines has done in terms of legislation to address climate change.

He is scheduled to return to the Philippines on Friday (Manila time) after a brief stop in San Francisco for business meetings.

The government has earmarked P14.8 million for Aquinos US visit.
 
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ano naman kaya ang tunay na plano ni PNoy sa US..?
 
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