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(From Philippine Daily Inquirer)
Byline: Fe Zamora
BENIGNO NINOY AQUINO JR. loved noodles, chop suey and lots of talk about the excesses of the Ferdinand Marcos regime.
Muslim historian Norodin Lucman recalled what Aquino did and said as he drove Marcos foremost political rival around during a trip to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia in June 1981, upon the instruction of his late father, Sultan Rashid Lucman.
Aquino, who was assassinated on his return to Manila on Aug. 21, 1983, after three years of self-exile in the United States, had traveled to Saudi Arabia for an audience with the late King Khalid and to deliver speeches before an international forum.
The audience with the king was arranged by the elder Lucman, who was himself an exile in the Middle East.
The young Lucman, who had been a university student in Cairo and Mecca, said he tried his best at playing perfect driver and tour guide to Aquino and his companions, former Sen. Ernesto …