25 January 1933 - 1 August 2009
President of the Philippines 1986 to 1992, after leading the People Power Revolution of 1986 which toppled the regime of Ferdinand Marcos.
Politics must not remain a bastion of male dominance, for there is much that women can bring into politics that would make our world a kinder, gentler place for humanity to thrive in.
It is true you cannot eat freedom and you cannot power machinery with democracy. But then neither can political prisoners turn on the light in the cells of a dictatorship.
As I came to power peacefully, so shall I keep it.
The media's power is frail. Without the people's support, it can be shut off with the ease of turning a light switch.
I would rather die a meaningful death than to live a meaningless life.
National leaders who find themselves wilting under the withering criticisms by members of the media, would do well not to take such criticism personally but to regard the media as their allies in keeping the government clean and honest, its services efficient and timely, and its commitment to democracy strong and unwavering.