Friday, July 24, 2009

"Cory Aquino Died" Rumor Dismissed

Text messages (SMS) has spread Friday morning that "Cory is dead." Pertaining to the former Philippine president Corazon Aquino who has been fighting colon cancer since early last year.

One Liner Update: Ausgust 01, 2009 - Cory Aquino Dies at 76

Although the disease is now on its higher stages, supporters of the Aquino family continues to pray for her recovery, or at the very least, for lesser pain.

The erroneous SMS rumor has been dismissed by the Aquino family and relatives early this afternoon after the news reached them.

Aquino's spokesperson Deedee Siytangco has already confirmed this saying

"It's not true"
The family, including daughter-celebrity Kris Aquino, have appealed to the public to verify information first; and that such kind of news would definitely come from them if necessary.

However, some still fell prey like close supporters Adolf Azcuna, former Supreme Court justice, who announced the sad news after he and fellow former cabinet members received the same text messages. Azcuna later expressed remorse for the mistake.

Even the United Kingdom embassy was not spared. The British embassy issued a formal statement of condolences to the family early during the day supposedly for the "death" of Cory Aquino. They received the same text message and later on apologized for the misunderstanding.

At 76 years old, the former president is currently confined and stable at the Makati Medical Center (MMC), albeit having difficulty talking and is taking pain relievers. She is also not on life support system as others may have assumed.

The image above was sourced from a file from the Wikimedia Commons

The Aquino family pleads to the public to continue praying for the former president instead. Residences of Manila and Makati has tied yellow riboons on their home fronts as a sign of support for Cory Aquino.

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