(UPDATE) Grandson pays Twitter tribute to Cory
MANILA - It was a gloomy Saturday morning for most Filipinos as they woke up to the news of the death of former Philippine president and People Power icon Corazon "Cory" Aquino.
Aquino, known as Cory to millions of Filipinos, was president from 1986 to 1992. But she is remembered, more than two decades after the event, as the slim woman in yellow who led the "People Power" revolution that toppled dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
Various users of microblogging site Twitter paid tribute to the freedom icon including Aquino's grandson, Jiggy Cruz. "My lola's in a better place now. Thank you Philippines for supporting and loving her. She loved all of you so much," Cruz said in his Twitter account.
News about Cory's death was the fourth hottest trending topic on the site.
As of 6:30 a.m., Saturday morning, over 3,000 reactions to Cory's passing have been posed on Twitter.
Below are some of the tweets posted on the site as of 7:40 a.m.
aidez_20: I'm proud to be a Filipino. Deepest Regards and great loss to our former President Cory Aquino. Thank you for all you've done.
jonasQuinn23: i am #hardpressed to find a more trusted Philippine president than CORY AQUINO. she put the Filipina to the forefront of respect and power
ageofbrillig: We don't owe Cory for our democracy. We do owe her thanks for safeguarding it for us.
sassyboy_18: Pres. Cory was not just a political icon but a saintly epitome as well. Rest in peace.
darylrose: freedom you gave and true freedom with God you shall now have...RIP Pres. Cory Aquino
PPYAngel: Today, as the Filipinos grieve for the death of Cory Aquino, I stay in awe for the life Cory has for the country! Mabuhay Kayo Tita Cory!
lizzledelacruz: Rest in Peace Corazon Aquino. Your patriotism and dedication to the Philippine people will never be forgotten.
roodee: The Death of Corazon Aquino, Saint of People Power
shivalicious: RIP President Cory Aquino... im so sad.. the whole philippines and the whole world prayed for her.. we love you forever...
rachyrachyrachy: RIP madam President Cory Aquino. U were an inspiration to the Filipino ppl during times of utter turmoil. U'll b missed.
kimravelo: to pres CORY AQUINO... THANK YOU far all you have done for the filipino people! maraming-maraming salamat!!
lisisilveira: RT @attyrosette is crying over President #cory aquino's death. RIP madam president!
lyleatienza: Former President Corazon Aquino joined the kingdom of God in Heaven.. let's pray for her soul for eternal life..=( tears