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US Government Speeches 2009

Ambassador Kenney Express Condolences Upon the Death of President Corazon Aquino

August 1, 2009

U.S. Embassy Expresses Condolences

A message from U.S. Ambassador Kristie A. Kenney:

“On behalf of the U.S. Embassy, I would like to express our most heartfelt condolences to the Aquino family and to the people of the Philippines on the death of former President Corazon Aquino.

After her husband was assassinated in 1983, President Aquino's determined leadership of the peaceful 'People Power' revolution restored democracy to the Philippines.  Her courage in the face of tragedy and the peaceful restoration of democracy made her an icon for freedom-loving people everywhere.  President Aquino's example and memory will inspire generations to come.   

For the past twenty years, President Cory worked closely with the U.S. Embassy in helping to select the annual recipients of the Ninoy Aquino Fellowships given for public service and journalism.  We will deeply miss her personal warmth and her tireless zeal on behalf of talented Filipinos emerging as leaders in those fields.                   

Our deepest sympathy, thoughts, and prayers are with the Aquino family and all those who, like us, loved her.”