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After her 18-month battle with colon cancer, former President Corazon Aquino—our Tita Cory—succumbed to her illness Saturday at 3:18 in the morning, 1 August 2009. She was 76 years old.[firstpara]
As the nation's thoughts and prayers go out to former President Corazon Aquino and her family, we tie a virtual yellow ribbon and list down five reasons why she is the man.

1. She restored free press. If it weren't for Cory, you wouldn't have been able to waste all those hours watching Ang TV and Gimik. And you sure as hell wouldn't be right here reading FHM.Now, aren't you thankful?

While she did not have the best relationship with journalists who covered her administration—the Malacanang press corps found her to be aloof and sensitive to criticism—she worked hard to restore free press in the country.

This was in contrast with Marcos, who jailed broadcasters who looked at him cross-eyed, and took over several media organizations that belonged to his opponents.

Some of the best local television programs like Abangan ang Susunod na Kabanata and Sic o' Clock News were shown during her administration. You know that local TV isn't the only thing less than best nowadays.

2. She was the homemaker who became President. Before she was President Cory, or even Candidate Cory, she was plain Citizen Cory, a housewife whose only exposure to politics came when she served coffee during meetings as beloved husband Ninoy Aquino discussed plans with other opposition leaders.


WORDS: JAEMARK TORDECILLA

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