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Corazon Aquino buried

August 06, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Former Philippine President Corazon "Cory" Aquino was laid to rest after a funeral procession joined by hundreds of thousands of supporters who hailed her as an exemplar of moral leadership.

About 600 priests and nuns linked arms around the Aquino mausoleum at Manila Memorial Park to keep back the masses who followed her coffin on its nine-hour journey through the capital. The route was jammed with Filipinos dressed in yellow, the signature color of the 1986 pro-democracy uprising led by Aquino that toppled dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

Aquino was buried next to her husband, Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr., the opposition leader whose mantle she reluctantly took on after his 1983 assassination when he returned from exile in the U.S. to run against Marcos. She died Saturday.

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