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Cory Aquino’s Condition has Stabilized, Says Family

The condition of former President Corazon “Cory" Aquino has stabilized, her grandson and former spokesperson said Wednesday.

In a phone interview with GMANews.TV, Jiggy Aquino Cruz confirmed that his grandmother’s condition was "the same as last night."

In a television interview Tuesday night, Cruz was quoted as saying that Mrs. Aquino’s blood pressure and condition have stabilized.

Deedeee Siytangco, Mrs. Aquino’s former spokesperson, also told GMANews.TV on Wednesday that "her (Cory’s) children said she’s now stable."

Sen. Benigno “Noynoy" Aquino III on Tuesday afternoon said his mother’s condition turned from stable to “guarded" after her blood pressure had fluctuated.

"Our mother’s condition has been stable for several weeks and has turned ‘guarded’ yesterday (Monday) afternoon. We are continuously monitoring her blood pressure, which has been fluctuating. She is presently asleep, comfortable and not in pain," Senator Aquino said in a press statement.

Mrs. Aquino, who has been confined at the Makati Medical Center for over a month, was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in March last year.

Mass, vigil at EDSA Shrine

Siytangco likewise announced that a Mass would be held at the EDSA Shrine in Mandaluyong City at 7 p.m. Thursday.

After the Mass which will be officiated by Bishop Teodoro Bacani Jr., a 40-hour vigil will follow. "The Blessed Sacrament would be exposed until Saturday," Siytangco added.

The EDSA Shrine was built in 1989, three years after the first People Power Revolution ousted the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos and catapulted Mrs. Aquino to the presidency in February 1986.

The Shrine was also the site of the second EDSA Revolution in January 2001, which also brought then Vice President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to the presidency.


Noynoy Aquino on Tuesday afternoon said his mother has yet to undergo another chemotherapy procedure. He said a doctor wanted to get Mrs. Aquino back on chemotherapy last week but she declined and said "latang-lata pa ako ngayon (I still feel weak), not this time."

The senator, however, clarified that refusing chemotherapy does not mean his mother had quit the fight against her illness.

He said they are still communicating with each other but the communication has remained "one-way."

Senator Aquino also thanked and apologized to his mother’s supporters for refusing to divulge information about her health condition.

He said their main priority right now is to look after their mother and to ensure that they will not commit any act that would aggravate her condition.

Last week, friends and supporters of the ailing global democracy icon called on the public to display yellow ribbons as a show of support for Mrs. Aquino, who was installed president in 1986 following a civilian-backed military uprising. - GMANews.TV

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