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Ex-President Cory Aquino Dies

Philippine News, News Feature, Posted: Jul 31, 2009

MANILA - Former Philippine President Corazon Aquino, in hospital for colon cancer, had deteriorated, her daughter said in a recent televised interview. Prayer vigils were held across the mostly Catholic Southeast Asian nation for Aquino, 76, who has been hospitalized for the past month.

"This is the hardest time for all of us," the weeping Kristina Bernadette Aquino told television reporters.

"She is in pain already, so please pray for her so that it could be lessened. We don't know how many more hours, days and weeks God will give her, but please help us pray that my Mom won't suffer too much pain," she said.

In New York, a mass was offered for Aquino on Wednesday, July 22at the St. Robert Bellarmine Church, in Bayside. The healing mass was organized by Aquinos friend, Dr. Connie Quiambao.

Aquino, the widow of assassinated opposition leader Benigno 'Ninoy" Aquino, was propelled into the spotlight in 1986 when she headed a massive "people power" movement that toppled late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

The then-housewife who reluctantly became president went on to restore democracy and rewrite the country's constitution.

Over the past four weeks, Aquino's friends rallied support for the family, which has appealed to the public for some privacy. A spokeswoman for the family earlier said Aquino had given up all medical intervention including chemotherapy.

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