Remembering Evelio B. Javier, Antique’s Fallen Hero

Today, the people of Antique remember their hero, who, 28 years ago, was assassinated in broad daylight.

Evelio B. Javier (EBJ), or Beloy, to those who really knew him, especially to his beloved Antiquenos who supported him during those long, dark and dangerous years of the fight for freedom and democracy, is a true hero. His death, in the hands of ‘greedy for power’ people, came at the time the Filipino people were looking for a good way to finally release their frustrations and hatred for the ruling dictatorial regime of Marcos and his cronies.

This photo of Evelio B. Javier was carried by Antique Monitor, a publication which I used to manage, issued a few days after his death.

This photo of Evelio B. Javier was carried by Antique Monitor, a publication which I used to manage, issued a few days after his death.

Just as the assassination and death of Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino was seemingly orchestrated to instigate the Filipino people’s hatred for the Marcos regime, which led then to continuous uprisings on the streets, finally compelling the dictator to submit himself to a snap presidential election, so was EBJ’s assassination and death a leading part in the scene of the historic EDSA People Power Revolution. To his avid supporters, EBJ was the ‘sacrificial lamb’ of the EDSA Revolution.

EBJ’‘s death, indeed, was so cruel and so horrible that people who saw his hapless and blood-stained body on the papers and the tubes, shouted “sobra na!” (too much) addressing their hatred at the ruling administration.

His blood, shed in advance, was vital to the success of the peaceful revolution which ensued only days after his death. No less than the late President Cory Aquino, on the day EBJ was gunned down by his assassins while guarding the counting of ballots (from the February 7 snap election) at the Antique Provincial Capitol released a statement and said: “Evelio B. Javier was a man of peace and an amiable fellow whose horrible death was a cruel price to pay for dedication to the betterment of his fellowmen.”

The former president, when she spoke during Ateneo de Manila‘s special mass for EBJ, wherein EBJ’s remains were taken to the university’s chapel, two days after his death, also said, “Evelio’s death was an exact semblance of what really transpired with my husband Ninoy since both died a very meaningful death.”

And both their deaths, if I may say so, remain unsolved up to this day.

About Author

Freda Editha O. Contreras
Writing is a God-given talent which I try to utilize the good way. I used it as a means to earn a living, my very first job after graduating from college, when I got hired as an Information Writer by the Provincial Government of Antique through Governor Enrique A. Zaldivar in January 1982. By profession, I am a Registered Nurse, and was only able to practice it when I got recruited to work in a private hospital in Kuwait. This was in November 1987 and since then I have been living in Kuwait, now retired since June 2002. Because of my knack in writing I got hired in 1994 to write for Kuwait Times and later became an Editor of 'Pinoy News' a weekly supplement of KT. In March 1996 I published the very first independent Filipino newspaper in Kuwait and the Gulf bannered as Pinoy Expat News or PEN. The paper lasted for only 10 weekly issues. This was followed by another publication and came out first as an insert of an ad paper and later as a separate tabloid. I used then 'Pinoy News' as it was my idea the first time it was used for Kuwait Times. This again failed and produced only three weekly issues. I then turned to the Internet and in 1999 I got hired as a Contributing Editor of Suite101.com, a writers' portal on the web. The last of my articles was published December 31, 2002 but my topic 'Overseas Filipino Workers' was still visible until January 2006. All the 38 articles I wrote have been compiled into a book which I published in August 2007. I discovered blogging in 2006 but was not really serious about my writing. I wrote according to my whim. Having this blog under my own domain name is now a welcome development and I plan to concentrate again in writing. As is commonly said: "A writer will always be a writer." http://fredacontreras.com/

2 Comments

  1. Freda Editha O. Contreras

    Yes, you are right Herald. And there is also a need for a venue where these anecdotes should be highlighted – one which is particularly focused in the province of Antique alone. Your initiative to create such a venue through ‘Balangay Antique’ is indeed commendable. Hope you can sustain this initiative. Will give my own share by posting timely stories here in my blog about our beloved province. Thanks for the comment. . .

  2. Herald

    We need more of these anecdotes as we struggle in searching for our shared destiny as people longing for Antique’s progress.

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