Monday, August 3, 2009

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Maria Corazon "Cory" Cojuangco Aquino (January 25, 1933 – August 1, 2009) was a President of the Philippines and a world-renowned advocate of democracy, peace, women's empowerment, and religious piety. She served as the 11th president of the Philippines from 1986 to 1992. She was the first female president of the Philippines and was Asia's first female president. Aquino died on August 1, 2009 after suffering from colon cancer.
A self-proclaimed "plain housewife",[3] Aquino was married to Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr. (1932–1983), a leading figure in the political opposition against the autocratic rule of President Ferdinand Marcos. After her husband was assassinated upon his return from exile in the United States on August 21, 1983, Aquino, who had no prior political experience, became a focal point and unifying force of the opposition against Marcos. She was drafted to run against Marcos in the 1986 snap presidential elections. After Marcos was proclaimed the winner despite widespread reports of electoral fraud, Aquino was installed as President by the peaceful 1986 People Power Revolution.
Aquino died of cardiopulmonary arrest after complications of colon cancer[61] at the age of 76 on August 1, 2009, 3:18 a.m., at the Makati Medical Center.[2] Aquino was diagnosed with the disease in March 2008 but kept up public appearances this year. A devout Catholic, she was a regular at weekend mass until shortly before being admitted to hospital in late June.
"Our mother peacefully passed away at 3:18 a.m. (19:18 GMT Friday) of cardio-respiratory arrest," her son, Senator Benigno Aquino III, told reporters in Manila.[62]
Aquino's body lies at a public wake at the St. Benilde Gymnasium of La Salle Green Hills in Mandaluyong up to August 3 when it would be transferred to the Manila Cathedral; the final rites will be done on August 5 which was declared as a special nonworking holiday by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Aquino will be buried in Manila Memorial Park in ParaƱaque.[63] President of Timor-Leste Jose Ramos Horta is expected to arrive to pay his last respects to Aquino.[64]
All Roman Catholic dioceses had started requiem masses for Aquino, after they held "healing masses".[65] Meanwhile, the government declared a week of mourning for her death.[66] Former President Estrada said that they lost a "mother" and a "guiding voice of the people." Estrada also described Aquino as "Philippines' most loved woman". [67] Aquino supported Estrada's removal from office in 2001, but the two supported each other to oppose amendments in the constitution since last year.[68] The Senate has also expressed its grieving with Aquino's death; Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, who along with Fidel Ramos launched the People Power Revolution, asked the public to pray for her. Minority leader Aquilino Pimentel, who previously served as interior and local government secretary during her administration, had "mixed feelings" with Aquino's passing, saying "We shall be forever indebted to Cory for rallying the nation behind the campaign to topple dictatorial rule and restore democracy."[69]
President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev in a telegram to President of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo stated, “The name of Corazon Aquino is associated with a period of profound reforms and the democratic transformation of Filipino society.” Medvedev also noted that Corazon Aquino showed great interest and sympathy to Russia and prioritised the development of Russian-Filipino relations.[70] International figures expressed their grief, with United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton noting that Aquino was "admired by the world for her extraordinary courage". White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said that "Her courage, determination, and moral leadership are an inspiration to us all and exemplify the best in the Filipino nation." Other ambassadors also sent their messages of condolence following her passing.[71] Pope Benedict XVI recalled Aquino as a "courageous commitment to the freedom of the Filipino people, her firm rejection of violence and intolerance," according to Manila Archbishop Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales. President of South Africa Jacob Zuma called Aquino "a great leader who set a shining example of peaceful transition to democracy in her country."[72]
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The Woman of History

I was already about to sleep when my friend texted me about the death of former president Cory Aquino, i was suddenly surpised when ive learned that her battle for colon cancer already ends. I guess i am not the only one who were saddened by the news but everybody in the country, maybe it be in the upper class of just a ordinary peddler. We all knew her contribution to the democracy of the country, we have seen how her faith had moved armies on the time. On a more personal note, i could say that she is the best president ever existed with agenda more on for the countrymen that for herself. Its indeed our great lost.


Im sad today as i read the email notification that my other blog did not fit the marketplace for PPP, i knew i have to do a lot of harwork first before it will aprroved and would accept paid posts. Hopefully i could work out this blog this week.