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 Post subject: Corazon Aquino passes away..
PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2009 12:10 pm 
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All Filipinos are grieving today.. former President of the Republic of the Philippines (1986-'92) Corazon Aquino passed away today at age 76.

Her husband (Senator Benigno Aquino) was a leading figure in the political opposition against a ruthless dictator, President Ferdinand Marcos who ruled for twenty years and had Aquino's husband murdered upon his return from exile in the United States.

Three years later, despite no prior political experience "Cory" was drafted to run against Marcos in the 1986 snap presidential elections. Marcos was proclaimed the winner despite widespread reports of electoral fraud. Aquino was quickly installed as President by the peaceful People Power Revolution.

Marcos was whisked off to safety (to Hawaii) by his buddy Ronald Reagan.

Aquino's presidency was not without problems. Lots of corruption in her presidency, but the people were happy to be free of such an autocratic ruler.

She was the first female president of Asia. Her husband appears on 500 peso bills, Manila airport is named after him, etc. Cory's daughter Kris is the most famous person in the country.. a film actress, talk show host, game show host (she hosts the Filipino versions of "Deal or No Deal," "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," and other shows.) She's on TV there every single day and married to the PBA's Most Valuable Player. My wife is crying here, Kris Aquino is crying on TV now.. emotional day.

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