Cory showing improvement, trying hard to eat, relatives say

MANILA, Philippines – Former President Corazon Aquino is showing improvement and is trying hard to eat, according to relatives.

For her part, Aquino’s former spokeswoman Deedee Sytangco said Aquino is conscious.

“She is stable. She is conscious and she can communicate with her children,” Sytangco said. Mrs. Aquino is confined in a private room at the Makati Medical Center.

In yesterday’s edition of her weekly television show The Buzz, Aquino’s daughter Kris said her mother is not in pain.

“She is comfortable. She is not in pain and to this day she makes us feel so loved and appreciated,” Kris said.

Kris said her mother will stay in the hospital indefinitely.

“We know that whatever happens is part of God’s will,” Kris said.

Meanwhile, healing priest Fr. Fernando Suarez said Mrs. Aquino will be happy whatever happens to her.

“Whatever will happen to her, I’m sure she is happy. She has a unifying effect on the people,” Suarez said.

In his Gospel during the Mass, Suarez said Aquino is a fulfilled woman who rose from being a plain housewife to an icon of democracy.

“What Cory wants more than her healing is the healing of our country. She is a fulfilled woman. She cannot ask for more. What she wants now is to meditate and reflect,” Suarez said.

Movie actress Susan Roces, wife of the late movie king Fernando Poe Jr. (FPJ), attended the healing Mass at the Greenbelt Chapel yesterday and said she came to pray for Cory.

Roces said Cory was among the first who visited her husband when he got sick.

“When my husband got sick, Cory came. She brought a rosary and we prayed together. Right now, I’m praying for her,” Roces said, adding that she admires Aquino.

“She gave her best to be able to establish our democracy. She is very dedicated in everything she does,” Roces said.

Roces said these are the reasons why people love Mrs. Aquino.

“I know that there are many people who love her and we are one of them. She is a person who understands the feelings of other people,” Roces said.

Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay, president of the United Opposition (UNO), said seventeen barangays in Makati have so far joined the prayer vigils for the speedy recovery of Aquino.

Binay said the prayer vigils are being held at the following places and times:

• Barangay Bel-Air, Dasmariñas, Forbes Park, Magallanes, San Lorenzo, Urdaneta Santuario de San Antonio Church Forbes Park – Saturday, 6 p.m.

• Barangay Bangkal barangay hall – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• Barangay Carmona chapel – Saturday, 6 p.m.

• Barangay Kasilawan barangay hall – 3 p.m.

• Barangay Olympia barangay hall – 3 p.m.

• Barangay Palanan barangay hall – 11 a.m. to 12 noon

• Barangay Pio del Pilar barangay hall – 12 nn to 5 p.m.

• Barangay San Isidro barangay hall – 2:30 p.m.

• Barangay Sta. Cruz chapel – 5:30 p.m.

• Barangay Tejeros barangay hall – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Barangay Valenzuela barangay hall – 9 a.m.

• Barangay Comembo barangay hall – 3 p.m.

• Barangay Guadalupe Viejo barangay hall – 9 a.m.

• Barangay Pembo chapel – Sunday Mass, 7 a.m.

• Barangay Pitogo barangay hall – Monday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Barangay Rizal chapel – Sunday Mass, 8 a.m.

• West Rembo Sta. Theresita Parish – 5 p.m.

The prayer vigils in the various barangays in Makati are in response to an earlier call made by Binay for city residents and the general public to offer prayers for Aquino.


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