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