President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said the Philippines lost a national treasure with the passing away of former President Corazon Aquino, who was diagnosed with colon cancer last year.
A 10-day period of national mourning will observed in honor of the former president, added Arroyo.
Aquino died at 3:18 a.m. Saturday (RP time) in a Manila hospital, where she had been confined for over a month before her death.
Aquino restored democracy and rule of law to the country when she toppled the 20-year repressive regime of Ferdinand Marcos in 1986 through non-violent protests.
“Our hearts go out to the family in this hour of grief and sorrow. The nation prays for Cory and her family,” Arroyo added in her message.
President Corazon Aquino, who toppled a dictator on her way to becoming president in 1986, died on Saturday, her son said. She was 76.
The widow in yellow who harnessed prayer and peaceful protest to overthrow tyranny was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer last year. She had been confined in a Manila hospital for over a month before her death.
Her son, Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, said his mother died at 3:18 a.m. Saturday (RP time). Read rest of story
A standoff between the Arroyo administration and disgruntled marine officers ended five hours after it began. The potential threat to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s leadership ended peacefully after the marine officers agreed to end the 5-hour standoff that began when their commander was relieved of his duties.
Former President Corazon Aquino, center, showed up outside the Philippine Marine headquarters where the standoff happened. She talked with police and others, disregarding threats to her safety.
Marine officers backed down when their appeal for people to defy a ban on rallies and turn out to protect them “from aggression” drew only about 3,000-4,000 opposition figures, leftist leaders, and their followers. (AP photo)
Former President Corazon Aquino speaks during the 23rd anniversary of the assassination of her husband, Sen Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., at a memorial park in suburban Paranaque south of Manila on Aug. 21, 2006.
The assassination of Ninoy sparked protests and led the “People Power” revolution three years later that helped propel her to the presidency.
In her message, Aquino, who joined in the calls for President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to resign following allegations of electoral fraud and corruption, has urged the nation to pray for Arroyo’s “enlightenment.” (AP Photo)
Former President Cory Aquino and President Gloria Arroyo kiss during a mass commemorating the death of Ninoy Aquino.
DABAWENYOS are one in mourning the passing of former president Corazon Cojuangco-Aquino, who died early morning Saturday after a year of fighting cancer.
Aquino died of cardio-respiratory arrest at 3:18 a.m., just three weeks away from the death anniversary of her husband, former senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino. She was 76.
Though anticipated, Cory’s death nevertheless brought grief to many Dabawenyos. Read rest of story
Former social welfare secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman (left) chats with former president Corazon “Cory” Aquino, to whose custody she was released around midnight of March 19, 2006. Beyond their names and government experience, the two share something else: a common call for President Arroyo’s resignation. Soliman was arrested together with activist Vicente Romano for leading a silent protest in Manila of about 30 people, all wearing T-shirts marked “Oust Now.”
MILITANT groups expressed their condolences for the death of former President Corazon Aquino and assured support to her family.
Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) president Elmer Labog said the labor sector is one with the nation in mourning the passing of the 76-year-old People Power icon.
“We in the Kilusang Mayo Uno join the people in mourning the passing of former President Corazon Aquino. Mrs. Aquino became the leading figure in the people’s uprising against the fascist US-Marcos regime. In her last years, she joined mass demonstrations against the US-Arroyo regime, which seeks to outdo Marcos. She spoke against moral bankruptcy in the government, state terrorism and charter change,” a KMU statement said. Read rest of story
A huge blow to the President’s struggle to survive is a move by former president Corazon Aquino, who asked President Arroyo on July 9, 2005 to resign as the easier constitutional means to resolve the conflict. (AP Photo)
BEFORE history swept her into Malacañang, Corazon Aquino sought refuge for a few hours in a monastery in Barangay Mabolo, Cebu City.
It was February 1986, and more than 20 nuns of the Carmelite Sisters of Cebu were surprised when they received a call that Cory would be staying with them. Ferdinand Marcos had claimed victory in the snap elections earlier that month, but Aquino’s supporters saw through the sham.
Aquino arrived in the monastery on Feb. 22 with her daughter, Kris, her brother Peping Cojuangco and friends Antonio and Nancy Cuenco. Around them was a palpable sense of fear that death could come swiftly. Read rest of story
Former Philippine Presidents Joseph Estrada, right, and Corazon Aquino, left, smile before attending a mass at the San Juan hospital in suburban San Juan, east of Manila, Philippines, on Feb. 5, 2006. The two former leaders met for the first time after years of political rivalry that seemed to have been eased by their current call for the resignation of the country’s current leader, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Estrada is on temporary jail leave and is recuperating after a successful eye surgery. At center is Senate President Franklin Drilon. (AP Photo)
Cebu City Councilor Sylvan Jakosalem
“I remember Cory for THE best speech I’ve ever seen and heard, her address to the US Congress in 1986. It summed up accurately what her biggest achievement was, fearlessly bringing democracy back to a country ruled and damaged by a dictator for too long. Many of the young Filipinos today who have short attention span, and never got to experience the Marcos era, only have to watch the video on the Internet to truly appreciate what she had done for all of us.”
Former Cebu City congresswoman Nancy Cuenco, who assisted Mrs. Aquino when she sought refuge in Cebu in February 1986
“Even if we knew she was very sick and weak, it still shocked me nga wala na siya sa ato, that she is not with us anymore…I feel the great loss of a truly great friend.” Read rest of story
Former president Corazon C. Aquino receives from University of Southern Philippines (USP) president Ronald Duterte the schools award for her advocacy for peace and non-violence on August 29, 2003. (Sun.Star Cebu/Alex Badayos)
MANILA — Leaders from across the globe were saddened by the death of former President Corazon “Cory” Aquino, the popular leader who will be remembered as an icon of democracy.
United States President Barack Obama described Mrs. Aquino as a historic figure who helped restore democracy in her country.
Obama “was deeply saddened” by news of Mrs. Aquino’s death, read a statement late Friday (Saturday, Philippine time) from White House by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. Read rest of story
In a 1986 speech to the United States Congress, the widow and president said she had thought that in burying Ninoy, she had to lay to rest his restless dream of Philippine freedom. History had other plans.
NEWS of former president Corazon Aquino’s death yesterday morning provoked different expressions of sorrow, from silent prayers in masses to cannon shots in a military camp.
Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia and Cebu City Rep. Antonio Cuenco attended a mass for former president Aquino at the Lady of Fatima Parish in Basak, Mandaue City.
“Even in our sorrow, there is happiness, since Cory is now with God,” said Fr. Joe Danao in his homily.
All police offices and stations were ordered to lower their flags at half-staff. Read rest of story