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