In the speech she represented a victorious and proud Philippines — they loved her, they loved us. The ultimate result was the election of Mrs. Could I have trusted the military to share so much power with me? Unlike her husband Ninoy who considered himself an average student with his grades neither going above the 90s or falling into the 70s, Cory did pretty well for herself especially in her grade school years at St. A country that had lost faith in its future, founded in a faithless and brazen act of murder. Finally, may I turn to that other slavery, our 26 billion dollar foreign debt? To be a president is a noble and a very sophisticated job a man can do in his own life.
In her heart, credit for her many accolades belonged equally to her husband, to her people, and to her God. Protestors poured into the Manila streets once more, and top military leaders defected to Corazon's camp. But the spirit of democracy that inheres in our race and animates this chamber could not be allowed to die. Knowing what is a democracy is really important, especially for those who live in a democracy. Fourteen years ago this month, was the first time we lost him. Again as we restore democracy by the ways of democracy, so are we completing the constitutional structures of our new democracy under a constitution that already gives full respect to the Bill of Rights.
By mid-July service had been restored to most family housing units. Last year, in an excess of arrogance, the dictatorship called for its doom in a snap election. For the nation, Ninoy became the pleasing sacrifice that answered their prayers for freedom. That is my contract with my people and my commitment to God. That meeting was both a confirmation and a new beginning. And here, you have a people who want it by themselves and need only the help to preserve it.
Aquino also encouraged the tourism sector to boost the national economy. They repaid my compliment with loyalty. Aquino undertook such political activism whenever the situation arose. People who said that the peaceful people power revolution which restored democracy was a gift of God began to wonder about Him and His habits of giving. Instead of repudiating it, Aquino chose to honor all the debts that were incurred previously under different administrations. The economy posted a positive growth of 3. The dictator already knew that Ninoy was not a body merely to be imprisoned, but a spirit he must break.
Archibald Macleish had said that democracy must be defended by arms when it is attacked by arms, and with truth when it is attacked by lies. It had to be after the three happiest years of our lives together. When former President Corazon Aquino spoke before a joint session of the United States Congress in September of 1986, the dust was only beginning to settle. When it is approved, there will be congressional elections. But I was not fighting for lawyers but for the people in whose intelligence I had implicit faith. The Declaration of Independence, which says that all men are created equal, was written on the premise of a democracy. It will send the message to my people and to other peoples less fortunate than they, in Burma and other places.
Today, I have returned as the President of a free people. Who could help but despair that we might be running in circles? We had lost him, again. She rode an ordinary car after she turned over the presidency to Ramos. The marriage united two of Tarlac's most prominent families. Speaker, Senator Thurmond, Distinguished members of Congress, 3 years ago I left America in grief, to bury my husband Ninoy Aquino. On February 22, 1987, three weeks after the resounding ratification of the 1987 Constitution, agrarian workers and farmers marched to the historic Mendiola Street near to demand genuine land reform from Aquino's administration.
You saw women poll watchers break out in tears as armed goons crashed the polling places to steal the ballots but, just the same, they tied themselves to the ballot boxes. Better still, I could have run myself. And no assistance or liberality commensurate with the calamity that was vested on us have been extended. Yet, the means by which we shall be able to do so are kept from us. Given the polarization and breakdown we inherited, this is no small achievement. The truth was that the Marcos cronies, whether their money were ill-gotten or not, paid the Cojuangcos the prevailing market-stock prices during the sale of equity that happened between them at the time when Marcos was still president.
Elsewhere and in other times, a more stringent world economic conditions, marshal plans and their like were felt to be necessary companions of returning democracy. He coasted along until his mother died. But we may yet prove that people power can achieve, perhaps more slowly, but more lasting and more widely beneficial effects. New foreign aid agreements also were concluded during this visit. Less than three weeks after his alleged election victory in February 1986, Marcos fled the Philippines. It was her first visit to America since the dictator Ferdinand Marcos had been deposed in February of the same year, and the Philippines was reckoning with everything his administration had inflicted.