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The image of Ninoys battered body destroyed the hopes of many Filipinos. To
them, Ninoy was the way, the answer that had eluded them for so long. Now their dreams lay
with him, a victim of injustice.
But always, from the darkness
springs forth light, from the ashes of the former comes a stronger and more resilient
Hope came in the form of
the grieving widow Corazon Aquino. "Cory," as she was more popularly known, was
in Boston with her children when the incident took place.
She had been put in the
spotlight once before, as the caring wife who had insured Ninoys well being while he
was incarcerated. Now she would be the one who would continue her husbands crusade.
The 1984 assembly elections
came, with Cory campaigning vigorously for the opposition. Once again the Marcos
machinery, despite active participation from many civic groups, manipulated the polls in
their favor. The elections were widely seen as a sham, a show put up to legitimize the
The strain that had been put
into the electoral process forced Marcos to call the infamous Snap Elections of 1986. The
opposition needed a strong candidate, and Cory was just the person they needed.
Cory had the
personality that set her apart from most politicians. She was the woman totally dedicated
so dismantling the evil that the Marcos regime had stood for. People believed that she was
the person who could unify the opposition.
She herself believed that she
was not ready for the position. In fact, she had earlier denied being the
oppositions standard-bearer. However, she steadily grew into the role. It bolstered
her heroines image, and she became a symbol for her martyred husbands idealism
the selfless "good" against the evil that was Ferdinand Marcos.
On December 3rd,
Cory officially challenged Marcos for the presidency. Her conditions for running had been
met. An early election had been called, and 1 million signatures had been gathered in a
petition for her candidacy. She quickly hit the campaign trail with her mother-in-law. IT
was her first campaign
and it was to be Marcos last.
Cory was the
"Anti-Marcos." She was the Christian symbol of morality. She would constantly
refer to her husbands call for National reconciliation. She would often tell her
friends that in time of important decisions, she would often as herself, "what would
Ninoy have done?"
History had well documented
the events that transpired during the Snap Elections. It is the turning point in which the
country freed itself from the clutches of an evil dictator. And it is a turning point
which a gentle housewife became the leader of nation.