i’m saddened by the death of the former philippine president and time magazine’s “woman of the year, ” corazon aquino. belittled for her inexperience in politics, she led a non-violent revolution that toppled the 20-yr dictatorship of ferdinand marcos, three years after the assasination of her husband, ninoy—marcos’ political opponent. “people power” inspired many non-violent revolts around the globe, including those that caused communism to fall in europe, and even right now in parts of the middle east.
decribed as a fragile widow by her opponents, she became well known for her “iron will.” her political party organized a rally that included hundreds of thousands of people to shield a small group military rebels from marcos’ forces. she then proclaimed, “for the first time in the history of the world, a civilian population has been called to defend the military.” a simple “housewife” before s was he sworn in as president in feb 1986, she withstood 7 military coups in 6 yrs.
her fight for human rights and democracy continued throughout her life. she has been an inspiration to filipinos and many worldwide. she is a national and worldly treasure. she is one of the greatest heroes in the modern era.
thank you and god bless, tita cory. because of u, i know anything is possible…”basta’t magkaisa tayong lahat”(as long as all of us are united).