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Icon of Philippine democracy remembered
Malacanang Palace has enjoined Filipinos to remember the former leader through the virtues she is known for -- courage, humility, and compassion.
The former president died of colon cancer on August 1, 2009, after months of battling the disease.
"Five years after her death, we still see clearly how her life proves that the Filipino is worth living for," Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said in a statement.
Lacierda added: "As we look back on President Cory’s celebrated life, let us remember the virtues for which she is best known and which have endeared her to the public—the courage with which she adopted the fight for democracy; the humility which she maintained throughout her presidency; and the compassion with which she considered the needs of all Filipinos."
This is the legacy that she left the nation, a legacy that marks not only the pages of the country's history but also the Filipinos' collective memory, he noted.
"In gratitude for her contributions, let us seek to emulate these virtues as we continue her work of establishing a stronger, even more vibrant democracy," Lacierda said.
Former president Cory Aquino, mother of President Benigno Aquino III, rose to political prominence after the assassination of her husband, former senator Ninoy Aquino, on August 21, 1983.
Three years after her husband’s death, she was swept to the presidency, ending the dictatorship of former president Ferdinand Marcos.
In the years leading up to the 1986 EDSA Revolution, President Cory Aquino embodied the country’s struggle for freedom.
Even after leaving the presidency, she remained active in the country’s affairs by advancing democratic causes and supporting various social projects, as well as charitable institutions.