Iconic Avsecom van in Aquino assassination up for restoration

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 20) — The Aviation Security Command (Avsecom) van where former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino supposedly died will soon undergo restoration, a historian said Monday.

The now iconic vehicle, which carried Aquino after he was shot upon arrival from the United States in 1983, has been a “wreck” and covered in graffiti, as seen in the Facebook post by Filipino historian Ambeth Ocampo. It remains unclear where the van is situated at the moment.

“The now iconic Avsecom van where it is believed Ninoy Aquino died on August 21,1983 awaits restoration before display in the Human Rights Museum. It is believed that Ninoy was still alive when taken in the van but he was not taken directly to a nearby hospital where his life could have been saved,” Ocampo wrote on his page.

“That van witnessed it all but cannot speak. Nevertheless, Ninoy’s assassination made us resolve: “Sobra na. Tama na. Palitan na!” An anger that concluded with EDSA 1986,” the post further read.

The development comes as the country is set to commemorate Aquino’s death on Wednesday, August 21.

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Aquino, who has been tagged as one of the country’s most prominent figures of democracy, was assassinated at the then Manila International Airport in 1983.