UCLA'S ASIAN PACIFIC ISLANDER AMERICAN NEWSMAGAZINE

Corazon Aquino passes away at 76

In NEWSPRINT, Politics on August 1, 2009 at 1:23 am

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Photo by Aaron Favila of Associated Press

Reputed as the “housewife” opponent of Marcos’ dictatorship and democratic leader of the Philippines, Corazon Aquino has died at 76 due to heart failure. She is best known for her mobilization of thousands of people to overthrow of the corrupt Ferdinand Marcos in February 1986. A controversial figure, Aquino restored democracy–namely, promoting free elections, independent judiciary, free press. Yet, her administration faced coup attempts, natural disasters, and did not solve the poverty, feudalism, and corruption fraught in the Philippines. Serving as the 11th president of the nation, Aquino was the first female president of the Philippines and the first woman to be a president in Asia.

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