People in the Philippines have been saying their final farewells to former leader Corazon Aquino.
Known to millions of Filipinos as ‘Cory’, she died on Saturday aged 76 after a 16 month battle against colon cancer.
Aquino became Asia’s first female president after ousting dictator Ferdinand Marcos in 1986.
Her son Benigno Aquino III said: ‘‘She really put into practice defending not only the rights of your friends but even those who would oppose you, relinquishing power as fast as possible by adoption of the 1987 constitution.’‘
The current president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo paid her own tribute.
‘‘Aquino helped lead a revolution that restored democracy and the rule of law to our nation at a time of great peril. Our nation will mourn her passing.’‘
Hundreds of mourners have been visiting the former leader’s home, leaving their yellow tributes to the woman who led the ‘‘People Power’‘ revolution.
The Philippine government has declared ten days mourning and Aquino is expected to lie in state in the capital Manila until Monday. She will be buried beside her husband in a private ceremony later next week.
Filipinos say goodbye to 'Cory'