A Brief History of People Power

People Power, Philippines 1986
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People Power, the Philippines, 1986
The term people power entered English parlance as the world watched the popular uprising in the Philippines that ousted the country's longtime dictator Ferdinand Marcos. The movement's spiritual figurehead was the much-adored Corazon "Cory" Aquino, center above, widow of a popular politician who had been likely assassinated by Marcos agents. Following her quiet heroism, Aquino served as President for six years and became TIME's Woman of the Year in 1986. Harnessing the great love for his family that remains in the Philippines, Aquino's son Benigno Aquino III, also known as Noynoy, was elected President in 2010.

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