Former Philippine President Corazon “Cory” Aquino, the first female president of the country, who swept away a dictator with a “people power” revolt and then sustained democracy by fighting off seven coup attempts in six years, succumbed to colon cancer Saturday August 1, 2009. She was 76.

“Our mother peacefully passed away at 3:18 am August 1, 2009 of cardio-respiratory arrest,” Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III said.

The entire nation has been offering prayer vigils for Aquino, who led a four-day bloodless people power revolution in 1986 that toppled the dictatorship of the late Ferdinand Marcos.

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