Corazon Aquino

By: Mick Yates

After the assassination of her husband, Benigno Aquino Jr. she hoped to remain private and to fight the Marcos regime away from the spotlight. But when Marcos called an "election", she became aware that her position as widow and victim placed her in a unique position to unite the anti-Marcos forces.

She agreed to stand for election. Marcos refused to hand over power, and he and Aquino were both inaugurated by their respective supporters. Still, with the support of the military and "people power" Aquino was swept into office.

During her term as president, she succesfully restored the democratic institutions destroyed by Marcos. However, with little real instinct for politics, her term was turbulent, beset by economic difficulties and attempted coups.

In 1992 she supported Fidel Ramos' presidential campaign and retired from politics. This peaceful transition in itself was quite an achievement in the political arena of South East Asia.

Corazon Aquino - a leader who energised the people to stand up for their country.

Zoë Williams