Philippine’s Former President Corazon Aquino Dies
Philippine’s former president Corazon Aquino has died, she was 76.
Aquino gained world recognition after becoming the first woman president in that country, ending the oppressive regimen led by Ferdinand Marcos in 1986. She was a leader in Philippine’s People Power Revolution. She served until 1992.
She was known for advocating democracy and women’s rights and empowerment.
Nevertheless, there were also her critics who frowned at her Catholicism and her opposition to birth control. Mass poverty in the Philippines during her term also sparked criticism about the corruption in her government agencies.
Aquino had being diagnosed with colon cancer last year.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton offered her condolences to Aquino and the country:
I extend my deepest condolences to the Aquino family and all the people of the Philippines on the death of former President Corazon Aquino. Cory Aquino was beloved by her nation and admired by the world for her extraordinary courage after the assassination of her husband, and later, during her service as president. She helped bring democracy back to the Philippines after many years of authoritarian rule with a faith in her country and its people that never wavered. Like millions of people worldwide, Bill and I were inspired by her quiet strength and her unshakable commitment to justice and freedom. We join the American and Filipino people in honoring her life and memory.
For an article by the LA Times about her life, click here.