PGMA declares 10-day period of national mourning over Cory’s death

July 31, 2009 11:46 pm 

By Zorayda S. Tecson

MANILA, Aug. 1 — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Saturday declared a 10-day period of national mourning in honor of the late former President Corazon Aquino, who passed away early this morning at the age of 76.

“I am announcing today that we will officially observe a 10-day period of national mourning. Our hearts go out to the family in this hour of grief and sorrow. The nation prays for Cory and her family,” the President said in her official statement as she conveyed her deepest condolences to the family of the late President.

The Chief Executive said the Philippines lost a national treasure with the death of Cory, who helped lead the revolution that restored democracy and rule of law to the nation at a time of great peril.

“Our nation will mourn her passing. History was thrust upon her when her noble husband was cut down in the prime of his life as he fought for democracy and rule of law. She picked up the standard from the fallen warrior Ninoy and helped lead our nation to a brighter day,” she stated.

The former President passed away at 3:18 a.m. due to cardio respiratory arrest.

She was battling for colon cancer since March 2008. Last June, she was brought to the Makati Medical Center due to loss of appetite. (PNA)



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