Saturday, August 01, 2009

What do you want to thank Cory for?

Rest in Peace, Cory Aquino. 1933 - 2009

We have much to thank Cory for. The obvious one and the one which will be spoken and repeated over and over in the next few days will be for her role in the restoration of democracy.

But that, while important and central to the story of Cory's legacy, is meaningless to a generation of youngsters for whom Cory was just another president.

So, let's fix that.

Help me list down the things that Cory did for you and me in the comments section below:

1. She made me believe in the power of people to decide on their destinies.
2. She showed that it is important to stand up and fight for your beliefs.
3. She showed me that it is important to follow the Constitution.
4. She showed that it is possible for a leader to give up power with grace and with humility.
5. She showed the army and the police that it is possible to gain credibility and the people's respect.
6. She showed that a woman can be a leader -- and a good leader -- of this country.
7. She broke up the country's monopolies and allowed free market competition.
8. She made the Philippines a country that we were proud of.
9. She showed that while everyone around you could be corrupt, you could still maintain your political purity.
10. She showed that the presidency is just a position -- and that leadership and the people's respect is not dependent on your having it.

What do you want to add to the list?

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