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