- Late President Corazon Aquino was the first Filipino that TIME magazine named as the “Person of the Year” in 1986
- She was selected for leading the People Power Revolution against late President Ferdinand Marcos
- Years after, TIME magazine named Rappler CEO Maria Ressa as part of the “Person of the Year”
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TIME is a prestigious news magazine based in New York. Yearly, the TIME names “Person of the Year” for individuals, group of people, or ideas that “most influenced the news and the world” for the past year.
KAMI learned that in 1986, the TIME named late President Corazon "Cory" Cojuangco Aquino as the “Person of the Year”. Aquino was the first ever Filipino who made it as the “Person of the Year” as reported by ABS-CBN News.
Aquino was the wife of slain Senator Benigno Aquino. She also succeeded former President Ferdinand Marcos and became the first female President of the Philippines when she led the People Power Revolution in 1986.
According to Associated Press, Aquino was chosen because she “managed to lead a revolt and rule a republic without ever relinquishing her buoyant calm or her gift for making politics and humanity companionable.”
People Power Revolution was “with a human face was no less a triumph for women the world over″ and it ″held up a candle of hope in some of the world’s darker corners,″ it said.
However, Aquino shared the success of the revolution to all the Filipinos who helped in making it possible.
"I don’t want to say that this is my achievement. It is the Filipino people together who were able to believe in themselves because of what they were able to do in the election and then in the revolution," Aquino said.
Aquino also mentioned being a victim of Marcos.
“So then, I guess, I started to worry about other people. I guess I identified myself with the victims of Marcos’ injustice,” she stated.
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In a recent report by KAMI, another Filipino woman made it to TIME’s “Person of the Year”. As part of “The Guardians”, Rappler CEO Maria Ressa became part of the prestigious cover. Along with Ressa were journalists Wa Lone, Kyaw Soe Oo, Jamal Ahmad Khashoggi and the Capital Gazette.
According to TIME, they chose these journalists “for taking great risks in pursuit of greater truths, for the imperfect but essential quest for facts that are central to civil discourse, for speaking up and for speaking out."
Ressa was facing tax evasion charges along with her own news website Rappler. As reported by Philippine Star, Ressa posted P204,000 bail at the Court of Tax Appeals.
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