Follow Aquino's example, churches implore Filipinos

Choosing democracy
Church leaders have urged Filipinos to help remove new signs of despotism and to protect the democracy for which former president Corazon Aquino fought and sacrificed.

“She taught us to be on guard against any more tyrants and the necessary struggle we have to take to uphold civil liberties,” the National Council of Churches in the Philippines said in a statement on the eve of Aquino’s burial on August 5.

“The signs of the present government point to a situation where we must continue to care and dare to fight,” noted the statement, referring to the government of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Aquino, age 76, died of colon cancer August 1. She was swept to power in February 1986 in a church-backed “people power” revolution, which ousted Ferdi nand Marcos, who had ruled the country for 20 years, 14 of them under martial law.


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