In her 2009 SONA, PGMA reinforces Mrs. Aquino’s remembrance as democracy icon

July 31, 2009 11:46 pm 

MANILA, Aug. 1 — As former President Corazon C. Aquino was on the verge of death on July 27, the day of the 9th State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA) of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the incumbent Head of State reinforced the former’s image as an icon of democracy.

The country's first woman President died in her sleep early this morning, more than a year after battling colon cancer. She was 76.

”From (Andres) Bonifacio at Balintawak to Cory Aquino at EDSA and up to today, we have struggled to bring power to the people, and this country to the eminence it deserves,” President Arroyo said in her 2009 SONA, referring to governance as “looking forward and giving more to the people who gave us the greatest, hardest gift of all: the care of a country.”

But before delivering her last constitutionally-mandated SONA, President Arroyo asked the fully-packed House of Representatives of the Philippines “to join me first in a moment of prayer for President Cory.”

On the President's instructions, Malacanang hosted a Mass for Mrs. Aquino two weeks ago. None of the children of the former Chief Executive joined the event, but her sisters-in-law, Mrs. Lupita Aquino Kashiwara, former Senator Tessie Aquino-Oreta and Department of Interior and Local Government Assistant Secretary Margarita Cojuangco, were present.

From far-away America, where she is on a working visit, President Arroyo has declared an official 10-day state of mourning for Mrs. Aquino.

As former president, Mrs. Aquino is entitled to a State Funeral. (PNA)

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