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MANILA — The death of former President Corazon Cojuangco Aquino — “Tita Cory” to most of the 92 million people of the Philippines — left behind a precious inheritance: a legacy of freedom that the Philippines came to share with oppressed peoples around the world.

Her revolution was the first of the wave of “velvet revolutions” that liberated countless millions from Manila to Seoul to Johannesburg to Prague, Warsaw and Moscow. President Aquino’s “People Power” revolution, indeed, is among the proudest moments in my country’s history, and the distinctive contribution of our people to the saga of mankind’s long struggle for freedom and dignity.

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