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US Government Speeches and Remarks 2009

Secretary Clinton Express Condolences Upon the Death of President Corazon Aquino

July 31, 2009

Statement by Secretary Clinton

Statement on the Passing of Filipino President Corazon Aquino

I extend my deepest condolences to the Aquino family and all the people of the Philippines on the death of former President Corazon Aquino.  Cory Aquino was beloved by her nation and admired by the world for her extraordinary courage after the assassination of her husband, and later, during her service as president.  She helped bring democracy back to the Philippines after many years of authoritarian rule with a faith in her country and its people that never wavered.  Like millions of people worldwide, Bill and I were inspired by her quiet strength and her unshakable commitment to justice and freedom.  We join the American and Filipino people in honoring her life and memory.