In the midst of a standoff

A standoff between the Arroyo administration and disgruntled marine officers ended five hours after it began. The potential threat to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s leadership ended peacefully after the marine officers agreed to end the 5-hour standoff that began when their commander was relieved of his duties.

Former President Corazon Aquino, center, showed up outside the Philippine Marine headquarters where the standoff happened. She talked with police and others, disregarding threats to her safety.

Marine officers backed down when their appeal for people to defy a ban on rallies and turn out to protect them “from aggression” drew only about 3,000-4,000 opposition figures, leftist leaders, and their followers. (AP photo)

Ninoy death anniversary

Former President Corazon Aquino speaks during the 23rd anniversary of the assassination of her husband, Sen Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., at a memorial park in suburban Paranaque south of Manila on Aug. 21, 2006.

cory_ninoy death anniversaryThe assassination of Ninoy sparked protests and led the “People Power” revolution three years later that helped propel her to the presidency.

In her message, Aquino, who joined in the calls for President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to resign following allegations of electoral fraud and corruption, has urged the nation to pray for Arroyo’s “enlightenment.” (AP Photo)

Dabawenyos mourn death of democracy icon

Cory-Arroyo Former President Cory Aquino and President Gloria Arroyo kiss during a mass commemorating the death of Ninoy Aquino.

DABAWENYOS are one in mourning the passing of former president Corazon Cojuangco-Aquino, who died early morning Saturday after a year of fighting cancer.

Aquino died of cardio-respiratory arrest at 3:18 a.m., just three weeks away from the death anniversary of her husband, former senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino. She was 76.

Though anticipated, Cory’s death nevertheless brought grief to many Dabawenyos. Read rest of story

Militants thank Cory

cory-dinkyFormer social welfare secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman (left) chats with former president Corazon “Cory” Aquino, to whose custody she was released around midnight of March 19, 2006. Beyond their names and government experience, the two share something else: a common call for President Arroyo’s resignation. Soliman was arrested together with activist Vicente Romano for leading a silent protest in Manila of about 30 people, all wearing T-shirts marked “Oust Now.”

MILITANT groups expressed their condolences for the death of former President Corazon Aquino and assured support to her family.

Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) president Elmer Labog said the labor sector is one with the nation in mourning the passing of the 76-year-old People Power icon.

“We in the Kilusang Mayo Uno join the people in mourning the passing of former President Corazon Aquino. Mrs. Aquino became the leading figure in the people’s uprising against the fascist US-Marcos regime. In her last years, she joined mass demonstrations against the US-Arroyo regime, which seeks to outdo Marcos. She spoke against moral bankruptcy in the government, state terrorism and charter change,” a KMU statement said. Read rest of story

For safety, Cory relied on nuns

Aquino Corazon--former president ask Arroyo to resign--07-09-05p1A huge blow to the President’s struggle to survive is a move by former president Corazon Aquino, who asked President Arroyo on July 9, 2005 to resign as the easier constitutional means to resolve the conflict. (AP Photo)

BEFORE history swept her into Malacañang, Corazon Aquino sought refuge for a few hours in a monastery in Barangay Mabolo, Cebu City.

It was February 1986, and more than 20 nuns of the Carmelite Sisters of Cebu were surprised when they received a call that Cory would be staying with them. Ferdinand Marcos had claimed victory in the snap elections earlier that month, but Aquino’s supporters saw through the sham.

Aquino arrived in the monastery on Feb. 22 with her daughter, Kris, her brother Peping Cojuangco and friends Antonio and Nancy Cuenco. Around them was a palpable sense of fear that death could come swiftly. Read rest of story

Cebu’s leaders recall moments with ‘Tita Cory’

Philippines estradaFormer Philippine Presidents Joseph Estrada, right, and Corazon Aquino, left, smile before attending a mass at the San Juan hospital in suburban San Juan, east of Manila, Philippines, on Feb. 5, 2006. The two former leaders met for the first time after years of political rivalry that seemed to have been eased by their current call for the resignation of the country’s current leader, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Estrada is on temporary jail leave and is recuperating after a successful eye surgery. At center is Senate President Franklin Drilon. (AP Photo)

Cebu City Councilor Sylvan Jakosalem

“I remember Cory for THE best speech I’ve ever seen and heard, her address to the US Congress in 1986. It summed up accurately what her biggest achievement was, fearlessly bringing democracy back to a country ruled and damaged by a dictator for too long. Many of the young Filipinos today who have short attention span, and never got to experience the Marcos era, only have to watch the video on the Internet to truly appreciate what she had done for all of us.”

Former Cebu City congresswoman Nancy Cuenco, who assisted Mrs. Aquino when she sought refuge in Cebu in February 1986

“Even if we knew she was very sick and weak, it still shocked me nga wala na siya sa ato, that she is not with us anymore…I feel the great loss of a truly great friend.” Read rest of story

World leaders pay last respects to Cory

Rizal Award--Corazon Aquino receives from Ronald Duterte-08-29-03-p1 Former president Corazon C. Aquino receives from University of Southern Philippines (USP) president Ronald Duterte the schools award for her advocacy for peace and non-violence on August 29, 2003. (Sun.Star Cebu/Alex Badayos)

MANILA — Leaders from across the globe were saddened by the death of former President Corazon “Cory” Aquino, the popular leader who will be remembered as an icon of democracy.

United States President Barack Obama described Mrs. Aquino as a historic figure who helped restore democracy in her country.

Obama “was deeply saddened” by news of Mrs. Aquino’s death, read a statement late Friday (Saturday, Philippine time) from White House by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. Read rest of story

‘Follow Cory’s example’

Aquino, Corazon--in a 1986 speech to the United States Congress-08-21-03-p8In a 1986 speech to the United States Congress, the widow and president said she had thought that in burying Ninoy, she had to lay to rest his restless dream of Philippine freedom. History had other plans.

NEWS of former president Corazon Aquino’s death yesterday morning provoked different expressions of sorrow, from silent prayers in masses to cannon shots in a military camp.

Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia and Cebu City Rep. Antonio Cuenco attended a mass for former president Aquino at the Lady of Fatima Parish in Basak, Mandaue City.

“Even in our sorrow, there is happiness, since Cory is now with God,” said Fr. Joe Danao in his homily.

All police offices and stations were ordered to lower their flags at half-staff. Read rest of story