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The Aquino legacy

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The Aquino legacy


With her election to the presidency of the Philippines in 1986 Corazon Aquino swept away a corrupt dictator and maintained democracy in the country despite seven coup attempts. She remained in office until 1992.

Aquino was thrust into politics following the assassination of her politician husband at Manila airport in 1983. Her so called “People Power” revolt in 1986 brought the repressive regime of Ferdinand Marcos to its knees. It also inspired non-violent protests around the world. Corazon Aquino was born in 1933 into a wealthy, politically powerful family, about 120 kilometres north of the capital Manila. She earned a degree in French from the College of Mount Saint Vincent in New York and married Ninoy Aquino, an ambitious scion of another political family. He rose from provincial governor to opposition leader. Corazon Aquino’s candidacy for the presidency united a fractious opposition as well as the country’s business community and later the armed forces. The result was that Marcos was eventually forced out when the army turned against him. She is remembered as the slim woman in yellow who led the People Power revolution in the Philippines.

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