Ninoy Aquino praised Imelda Marcos for the Philippine Heart Center
Si dating Senador Ninoy Aquino ay nakulong dahil napatunayan sa korte noong 1977 sa kasong pagpatay, iligal na pag-aari ng mga baril, at pagtangkang pabagsakin ang gobyerno ng Pilipinas. Habang nasa kulungan siya ay inatake siya sa puso at dinala sa Philippine Heart Center na itinatag noong 1975, kapanahunan ng Martial Law. Isa sa doktor na umasikaso sa kaya ay si Dr. Avenilo Aventura.
Minsan ay sumulat si Ninoy kay Dr. Aventura kung saan pinuri niya si dating unang-ginang Imelda Marcos. Heto ang kanyang sulat.
May 7, 1980
MY DEAR DR. AVENTURA:
I still have not received any word whether I’ll be permitted to go to Dallas. But I would like to express my profoundest gratitude for your concern and the efficiency of your staff. In the past, I’ve been most critical of the First Lady’s project. Now that I’ve seen what she has done here at the Heart Center – I take back all my harsh words – hoping I do not choke. Mrs. Marcos deserves all the credit for giving our people such an institution like your Heart Center. It is indeed ironical that one of her bitterest critics would be beneficiary of her foresight. When the ultimate mist of controversy is melted by the rising sun her works for our people will find final recognition. Thanks ever so much for the chance to make amends and be of service to you and your benefactor in the not top distant future.