Saturday, August 1, 2009

Yellow Fades: Corazon Aquino Dies from Cancer

The month of August started with a mourning Filipino nation as former president María Corazón "Cory" Cojuangco Aquino (1933-2009) died this morning at 3:18am, the first of August. She succumbed to cancer as she suffered a cardio-respiratory arrest at the Makati Medical Center.

She was 76.

The 11th President of the Philippines and wife of the late senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, shall always be remembered as a symbol of Philippine democracy when she took the top position in 1986 after former president Ferdiand Marcos ended a regime of dictatorship.

Earlier this morning, senator and son Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino issued a statement saying:

Our mother peacefully passed away at 3:18 a.m., August 1 of cardiorespiratory arrest.

She would have wanted us to thank each and everyone of you for all your continued love and support. It was her wish for all of us to pray for one another and for our country.

Hinihiling po ng aming pamilya ang kaunting panahon para makasama namin ng ilang sandali ang aming ina. Later in the day, we will be announcing further details of her wake para po sa lahat ng ating minamahal na kababayan na nais magbigay ng respeto para sa aming mahal na ina.
The Nation, including the internet media, honors her memories through their web logs and other social platforms.

Senator Francis Pangilinan also expressed in his Plurk page
"She will forever be remembered as the Philippine president who inspired our people to rise up against tyranny & usher in the renew to rise up against tyranny & usher in the renewal of democracy in the country."
Even while the current president is currently in the US for a state visit, the Palace was also quick to declare a week of mourning for the late Mrs. Cory Aquino and release a message of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on the Death of Former President Corazon C. Aquino

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

Mrs. Corazon Aquino's remains will be brought to the Fort Bonifacio Heritage Park.

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