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Corazon Cojoangco Aquino Passes Away--Taking the Limelight Off of Philippines President Arroyos Visit to White House

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Corazon Cojoangco Aquino Passes Away--Taking the Limelight Off of Philippines President Arroyos Visit to White House

By Kevin Stoda, Manila

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Corazon "Corry" Aquino, icon of the Philippines' first People Power Revolt in 1986, and the country's first female President, passed away Saturday morning.

Meanwhile, Gloria Arroyo, the current female president, was in Washington, DC with a record number of Philippine Senators and larger entourage to improve relations with the USA today and to get more respect for Filipino citizens and efforts on behalf of the USA military forces around the world.

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President Arroyo's administration is fairly unpopular. She is supported by less than 40% of the people, and some observers are worried she might become involved in a coup of sorts to stay in power. Earlier this past month, the president's office was involved in obvious bribes of governors of various provinces. Human rights records have not improved under her administration.

On one hand you have a newly elected, young, idealistic, dynamic, US president; a superb orator who just happens to be Black, and who told world leaders during his inaugural address "To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history...." On the other hand you have a lame duck Philippine president who has been dogged by one controversy after another since taking office, and who hopes to legitimize herself in the eyes of her constituents and the world by standing side-by-side with President Obama in the White House."

"CORRY"

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