Corazon Aquino, Former President of the Philippines, Dies at 76
Corazon Aquino, the former president of the Philippines who was affectionately known as 'Cory' Aquino, has died at the age of 76.
Aquino was the Philippines' first female president from 1986 to 1992. She was known for her commitment to democracy, peace and women's issues.
Aquino had recently suffered from a series of health problems and died from complications associated with colon cancer, after being diagnosed in 2008.
Maria Corazon "Cory" Aquino is the widow of Benigno Aquino Jr, a former leader of Philippine opposition who was assassinated in 1983.
The uprising she led in 1986 ended the repressive 20-year regime of Ferdinand Marcos and inspired nonviolent protests across the globe, including those that ended Communist rule in eastern Europe.
But she struggled in office to meet high public expectations. Her land redistribution program fell short of ending economic domination by the landed elite, including her own family. Her leadership, especially in social and economic reform, was often indecisive, leaving many of her closest allies disillusioned by the end of her term.
Still, the bespectacled, smiling woman in her trademark yellow dress remained beloved in the Philippines, where she was affectionately referred to as ''Tita (Auntie) Cory.''
Corazon Aqunio died at 3:18am on Saturday (1918 GMT Friday).
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