10 days of national mourning for Aquino

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said the Philippines lost a national treasure with the passing away of former President Corazon Aquino, who was diagnosed with colon cancer last year.

A 10-day period of national mourning will observed in honor of the former president, added Arroyo.

Aquino died at 3:18 a.m. Saturday (RP time) in a Manila hospital, where she had been confined for over a month before her death.

Aquino restored democracy and rule of law to the country when she toppled the 20-year repressive regime of Ferdinand Marcos in 1986 through non-violent protests.

“Our hearts go out to the family in this hour of grief and sorrow. The nation prays for Cory and her family,” Arroyo added in her message.