Yellow ribbons adorned the house of outgoing President Benigno Aquino III in Quezon City early Thursday, June 30, hours before he would formally step down from office, according to radio reports.
The yellow ribbons were tied to trees outside the Aquinos’ residence along Times Street where a stage under a yellow tent outside was also set up.
A sign with the message “For residents only, ROAD CLOSED” had been posted.
Aquino will relinquish his post to President-elect Rodrigo Duterte at noon Thursday. He and Duterte will meet in Malacanang at about 10:30 a.m.
Yellow is the known signature color of the Aquinos and their political allies.
The yellow ribbons were a throwback to 1983 when these were also used to welcome Aquino’s father and namesake, Senator Benigno Jr., who was scheduled to come home after three years in the US where he underwent heart surgery.
The anticipated welcome, however, turned into tragedy, when Aquino, a staunch critic of then President Ferdinand Marcos and recognized as the leader of the opposition, was assassinated on the tarmac of the former Manila International Airport (MIA) as he stepped out from the plane on August 21, 1983. His death became a catalyst that sparked a “bloodless revolt”, which ended the 20-year dictatorship in 1986.
Ironically, the “people power revolution” was led by Aquino’s widow, Corazon, who replaced Marcos as president until she stepped down from office in 1992.