María Corazón "Cory" Cojuangco Aquino (January 25, 1933 – August 1, 2009) was a President of the Philippines and a world-renowned advocate of democracy, peace, women's empowerment, and religious piety. She served as the 11th president of the Philippines from 1986 to 1992. She was the first female president of the Philippines and was Asia's first female president.
A self-proclaimed "plain housewife", Aquino was married to Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr. (1932-1983), a leading figure in the political opposition against the autocratic rule of President Ferdinand Marcos. After her husband was assassinated upon his return from exile in the United States on August 21, 1983, Aquino, who had no prior political experience, became a focal point and unifying force of the opposition against Marcos. She was drafted to run against Marcos in the 1986 snap presidential elections. After Marcos was proclaimed the winner despite widespread reports of electoral fraud, Aquino was installed as President by the peaceful 1986 People Power Revolution.
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In March 24, 2008, the Aquino family announced that the former President had been diagnosed with colon cancer. While she had initially been informed by her doctors that she had only three months to live, Aquino pursued chemotherapy. In public remarks made on May 13, 2008, she announced that blood tests indicate she is responding positively to the medical treatment.
By July 2009, Aquino was reported to be in a very serious condition and confined to Makati Medical Center due to loss of appetite.It was announced that Aquino and her family had decided to cease chemotherapy and other medical interventions.
Aquino died of cardio-respiratory arrest after complications of colon cancer at the age of 76 on August 1, 2009, at the Makati Medical Center at 3:18AM, Cardio Respiratory Arrest.
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