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    Former Philippines president Aquino dead at 76

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    MANILA, Philippines Former President Corazon Aquino, who swept away a dictator with a "people power" revolt and then sustained democracy by fighting off seven coup attempts in six years, died on Saturday, her son said. She was 76.

    The uprising she led in 1986 ended the repressive 20-year regime of Ferdinand Marcos and inspired nonviolent protests across the globe, including those that ended Communist rule in eastern Europe.

    But she struggled in office to meet high public expectations. Her land redistribution program fell short of ending economic domination by the landed elite, including her own family. Her leadership, especially in social and economic reform, was often indecisive, leaving many of her closest allies disillusioned by the end of her term.

    Still, the bespectacled, smiling woman in her trademark yellow dress remained beloved in the Philippines, where she was affectionately referred to as "Tita (Auntie) Cory."

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    Re: Former Philippines president Aquino dead at 76

    She's been a footnote in history for some time now. People will remember Emelda Marcus' closet full of shoes longer than Mrs. Aquino.

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    Re: Former Philippines president Aquino dead at 76

    God bless her.

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    Re: Former Philippines president Aquino dead at 76

    Quote Originally Posted by Grateful Heart View Post
    She's been a footnote in history for some time now. People will remember Emelda Marcus' closet full of shoes longer than Mrs. Aquino.

    RIP
    Took the words right out of my mouth.

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    Re: Former Philippines president Aquino dead at 76

    Quote Originally Posted by Grateful Heart View Post
    She's been a footnote in history for some time now. People will remember Emelda Marcus' closet full of shoes longer than Mrs. Aquino.
    Maybe for Americans, who have a memory span of 15 minutes, but for a lot of Eastern Asians she will be remembered. Most Americans don't even know that the Philippines were one of the U.S.' first Asian experiments in imperialism, after taking over from the Spanish.

    She struggled successfully to maintain democracy during an era when Cold War powers were still meddling in the trials and tribulations of establishing free societies. I for one will remember her.

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