Aware that the Marcos regime would deny him the passport he needed to return home, Ninoy solicited the help of friends in getting one. He eventually got two, one bearing his name and the other with “Marcial Bonifacio.”

The second, acquired for him by Rashid Lucman, an ex-representative from Mindanao, held significant meaning to Ninoy. “Marcial” stood for martial law and “Bonifacio”, Fort Bonifacio—the place where he had been imprisoned.