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.

Former President Cory Aquino dies

President Corazon Aquino, who toppled a dictator on her way to becoming president in 1986, died on Saturday, her son said. She was 76.

The widow in yellow who harnessed prayer and peaceful protest to overthrow tyranny was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer last year. She had been confined in a Manila hospital for over a month before her death.

Her son, Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, said his mother died at 3:18 a.m. Saturday (RP time). Read rest of story