Palace celebrates life of Cory Aquino

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 01 2013 03:46 PM | Updated as of Aug 01 2013 11:46 PM

MANILA - Malacañang said the best way for it to remember the late President Corazon Aquino is to “maintain and improve a working democracy” even as it recognizes “the challenges that persist.”
 
“One of the greatest things we have learned from Corazon C. Aquino is the work that it takes to maintain and improve a working democracy. So as we celebrate the life she lived, we remain cognizant of the challenges that persist. We thank Cory Aquino once more, while at the same time realizing that the truest expression of gratitude would be the continuation of her work—creating in this country a democracy that is better, stronger, and even more inclusive.”
 
Below is the full statement of Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda:
 
“Today, August 1, 2013, marks the fourth death anniversary of President Corazon C. Aquino.
 
“We remember the life of Mrs. Aquino. After her husband, former Senator Ninoy Aquino, was assassinated on August 21, 1983, the mantle of fighting for democracy fell upon her shoulders; and she responded. In the years that followed, she became the face of the Filipino peoples’ struggle for freedom—a struggle that culminated in the 1986 EDSA Revolution.
 
“As President, Corazon C. Aquino led with integrity and honesty. She spent her term reclaiming our national dignity, rehabilitating our country’s image in the international community and re-establishing institutions to better safeguard our democracy. Even after her term ended, she continued her public service through her political activism and through her support for non-profit organizations.
 
“One of the greatest things we have learned from Corazon C. Aquino is the work that it takes to maintain and improve a working democracy. So as we celebrate the life she lived, we remain cognizant of the challenges that persist. We thank Cory Aquino once more, while at the same time realizing that the truest expression of gratitude would be the continuation of her work—creating in this country a democracy that is better, stronger, and even more inclusive.”