[Aquino] was swept into office on a wave of "people power" in 1986 and then faced down half a dozen coup attempts in six years as president. ... Mrs. Aquino brought hope to the Philippines as a presidential candidate, then led its difficult transition to democracy from 20 years of autocratic rule under her predecessor, Ferdinand E. Marcos.Aquino once famously said, "The only thing I can really offer the Filipino people is my sincerity," which I find to be a beautiful and powerful thing to say.
That initial triumph of popular will — after a fraudulent election in which Mr. Marcos claimed victory, though most people believed that Mrs. Aquino had won — was a high point in modern Philippine history, and it offered a model for nonviolent uprisings that has been repeated often in other countries.
RIP President Cory.
[H/T to R-Far, who "had the good fortune to meet President Aquino twice."]