Former Philippine President Corazon Aquino, who led so-called "people power" protests to restore democracy in her country, has died.
Her son, a senator, said she passed away early Saturday of cardio-respiratory arrest, after battling colon cancer for over a year. She was 76.
Current Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who is on a visit to the United States, declared 10 days of mourning. She praised the former president for restoring the rule of law at what she called "a time of great peril."
In 1986, Corazon Aquino led millions of people in a peaceful post-election uprising against Ferdinand Marcos. The "people power" revolt put an end to his two-decade dictatorship and inspired other non- violent protests around the world, notably those that ended Communist rule in eastern Europe.