Hillary Clinton, Fil-Ams, offer condolences for Cory

Posted at 08/06/2009 4:19 AM | Updated as of 08/04/2010 8:43 PM

NEW YORK—Former President Cory Aquino, the housewife who led the bloodless People Power Revolution that ended the Marcos dictatorship in the Philippines, was laid to rest on Wednesday in Manila.

Filipinos all over the world are in grief.  World leaders are also mourning Aquino’s loss.  Balitang America broke the sad news to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton just hours after Aquino’s death.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton:
“Mrs. Cory Aquino just passed away? I didn’t know that…I wrote her a note just a few weeks ago when I heard that she was so sick. I admire her greatly.  She was a woman of courage who loved her country.  She and her family sacrificed so much to try to give the people of the Philippines a better future.  And I think that she is an inspiration not only to the Philippines but to people everywhere.”

Flags are at half-staff at Philippine embassies and consulates all over the world.  At the Philippine Consulate in New York, mourners signed books of condolences inside Kalayaan Hall, named after the People Power Revolution of 1986.  Filipinos remembered the magic of Cory, and that shining moment when Filipinos held their heads high.

“She stood up not only for women, but for moms.  She touches the heart of Filipino mothers everywhere,” said New York resident, Perla Paredes.

“Hopefully those who run for any position in our country will be able to get something from her, not for themselves, but for the people,” said Florida resident, Angela Sanchez.

The National Federation of Filipino American Associations also sent its sympathies to the Aquino family.

“I would say she’s the Joan of Ark of the Philippines,” said Attorney J.T. Mallonga, NaFFAA regional chair.  “Her passing closes a chapter in Philippine history—the chapter where tyranny and dictatorship were overruled through peaceful means.”

The condolence books at the New York consulate will be open to the public for the entire week.