At 3:18 this morning (Saturday), former Pres. Corazon "Cory" Aquino passed away after her bout with cancer of the colon stage 4. She succumbed to cardio-respitatory arrest, according to the official statement of her son Sen. Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III with the media.
Mrs. Aquino was confined at the Makati Medical Hospital for a month before she finally succumbed to her illness. Many sectors in the country were moved upon knowing of the state of health of Mrs Aquino whom they looked up as the "icon of democracy" in the country. Prayer sessions and masses poured out from those who love her since the Aquino Family told the media of her bout with the cancer in March 2008.
Mrs. Aquino was catapulted into power as transition president at the height of the Marcos dictatorship via the much-touted "people power" in 1986. The bloodless revolution, as many would call it, esteemed from the assassination of her husband Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, prominent political opposition, on August 21, 1983 upon his arrival at the airport from political exile. Blamed on the Marcos Regime, his death fomented social unrest forcing the Marcos regime to call for a snap election in 1986. Popular demand fell on Mrs. Aquino to run against the dictator.
Mrs. Aquino had 46 percent versus Marcos' 54 percent votes of the about 20 million voters. Heavily accused as rigged, that election further fueled continuing mass protests that scaled up to the Edsa Revolution or People Power in 1986. With the Marcoses fleeing to Hawaii, Mrs Aquino was immediately sworn in as the first woman president of a transition government (1986 - 1992) with all democratic spaces returning back to every Filipino citizen.
Today, Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo declared a ten-day national mourning. Our condolences to the Aquino Family. RIP Mrs. Aquino.