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Tita Cory Passed Away 3:18am August 1

Corazon Cojuanco Aquino, the first woman president of the Philippines who had been the symbol of democracy in the world had succumbed to cancer and had died of cardio-respiratory arrest at 3:18 a.m., August 1, 2009.

She had served her six years term with smile, prayers, dedication and resiliency. She had survived six coup attempts and the plotting of rivals that wants to have a greed share in her power. After stepping down in 1992, Aquino remained active in social and political causes.

Cory was diagnosed with colon cancer in March 2008, at the height of the time when she joined rallies calling for the resignation of President Arroyo over allegations of vote-rigging and corruption and last month she was confined to the hospital.

From that moment on millions of people from the Philippines and around the world prayed for her recovery. Her symbolic yellow ribbon was seen not only on the streets but also online. Prayers were offered, entire websites turned yellow, streets lined-up with yellow ribbon... that is how everyone had loved Cory.

At about 5 a.m. outside the hospital, Noynoy read a statement announcing the death of his mother.

The statement read:

“Our mother peacefully passed away at 3:18 a.m., August 1, 2009, of cardio-respiratory arrest.

“She would have wanted to thank each and every one of you for all the prayers and 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 ang aming mahal na ina.

“Later today, we will be announcing further details of her wake para sa lahat ng ating mga minamahal na kababayan na nais magbigay ng respeto sa aming ina.

Maraming salamat po.”

Her lagacy will surely live on. Thanks to her for she reminded us how precious true democracy and freedom is.


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