Vice President Jejomar Binay on Thursday joined the Aquino family in remembering the late former President Corazon Aquino whom he described as the “shining beacon of Philippine democracy.”
The former president succumbed to colon cancer on August 1, 2009.
In a statement, the Vice President cited the late President’s legacy as a “democracy won through the bravery and sacrifice of countless Filipinos and fiercely protected from vested interests by undying faith and allegiance to the Constitution.”
“We join President Benigno Aquino 3rd, the entire Aquino family and the Filipino people in remembering the life and legacy of President Corazon Aquino,” he said.
Binay added that President Cory, as she was fondly called, was the nation’s “beacon” for showing the strength of the public’s will to regain its freedom from the suffocating martial law regime, and “pointed us to the path of democratic rule.”
By example, President Cory also reminded Filipinos of the “value of humility, the importance of respecting the supremacy of the Constitution and the rewards of unflinching faith in the wisdom of the Almighty,” he said.
The former president, according to Binay, is an inspiration for him and the public to be better Filipinos and better servants of the people.
To mark Cory’s death anniversary, the Aquino family is expected to hold a simple
Mass before her grave at the Manila Memorial Park in Paranaque City (Metro Manila).
President Cory led the People Power revolt in February 1986, which was triggered by the death of her husband, the late former senator Benigno Aquino Jr.
To mark her fifth death anniversary, the Philippine Postal Corp. will issue stamps that feature paintings of President Cory.
The scented stamps, a first in Philippine postal history, come in four designs and in P25 denominations.