Wednesday, August 5, 2009




“I truly believe that you have fought the good fight, you have finished your course and you have kept the faith,” Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino Jr. said, ending Tuesday’s necrological service of his mother, former president Corazon Aquino.

Nineteen other personalities, who were handpicked by the family and all close to Mrs. Aquino, spoke their wonderful experiences with the former leader.

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Many of them described her as a simple woman who led the Filipinos in restoring democracy and freedom in the country and survived seven coup attempts during her presidency.

Her close-in security, Mel Mamaril, remembered her as the person who brought him closer to God and somebody who takes care of people, no matter how big or small. Mamaril later saluted to Mrs. Aquino’s casket.

Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, described Mrs. Aquino as the “best president the country ever had.”

“Utang namin sayo ang kalayaan na tinatamasa namin ngayon. Para sa amin ikaw ang pinaka-marangal, matapat na presidente ng Pilipinas,” Lim said. He added he owed everything to Mrs. Aquino of what he is now. He went near to the casket and saluted.

Nonie Yu, a family friend from Cebu, remembered the stories she shared with Mrs. Aquino about motherhood and their husbands.

”Your family has another home in Cebu,” was Uy’s assurance to Mrs. Aquino.

The Aquino’s family physician, Dr. Alex Ayco, remembered how selfless Mrs. Aquino was.

“She never complained or demanded attention. She was more concerned of the doctors and nurses and she never failed to say thank you despite the inconveniences,” Ayco recalled.

Bro. Armin Lusitro of the La Salle brothers pledged that he will march through hell for a heavenly cause. “Paalam Minamahal kung Ina,” was Lusitro’s final message to Mrs. Aquino.

Margie Juico, Tita Cory’s former personal secretary, said that after the years with the former leader, “she is now a better person and proud to be a Filipino.”

Gina de Venecia, wife of Pangasinan Representative Jose de Venecia, recalled how she was comforted by the former president when her daughter KC died in a fire accident.

“She valued my friendship and my loyalty and she believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself,” de Venecia said.

The rest of the speakers remembered Cory as somebody who is humble and thoughtful.

Before the necrological service, the two children of former president Ferdinand Marcos visited the wake of Mrs. Aquino.

Ilocos Norte Representative Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and his sister Imee pay their last respect to the woman who ousted their father in a bloodless revolution.

The two were welcomed by Mrs. Aquino’s grandchildren and eldest daughter Elena Ballsy Aquino-Cruz. They only stayed for less than 30 minutes.

Bongbong refused to give any statement, saying they were there only to sympathize with the Aquinos.

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