Daily Trivia – 3/8/11

Question: What East German figure skater beat world champion Rosalynn Sumners to win gold in the 1984 Olympic Games?


Last Question: In 1986, who became the first female president of the Philippines?

Answer: Corazon Aquino

In 1986 Corazon Aquino ran against the unpopular Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippine presidential election.

In the last week of November 1985, Marcos surprised the nation by announcing on American television that he will hold a snap presidential election in February 1986, in order to dispel and remove doubts against his regime’s legitimacy and authority.

Aquino, whose husband (Ninoy Aquino) was a popular senator that was assassinated in 1983, was reluctant to run. However, one million signatures urging her to run for president were presented to her. Eventually, she decided to run.

Marcos did not help himself when he said that Corazon that she was “just a woman” whose place was in the bedroom. She responded by saying “may the better woman win in this election.”
The election was held on February 7, 1986 and was marred by massive electoral fraud, violence, and intimidation. There may have been election rigging, and the allies of the ruling party declared Marcos the winner. In protest to the declaration of the Philippine parliament, Aquino called for a rally dubbed “Tagumpay ng Bayan” (People’s Victory Rally) the following day, during which she claimed that she was the real winner in the election and urged Filipinos to boycott the products and services by companies controlled or owned by Marcos’ cronies.

After weeks of tension following the disputed outcome of the snap election, disgruntled and reformist military officers, led by then Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile and General Fidel V. Ramos, surprised the entire nation and the whole world when they announced their defection from President Marcos and their strong belief that Aquino was the real winner in the presidential election on February 22, 1986.

Finally, to the amazement and admiration of the entire world, after twenty years of martial rule, Ferdinand Marcos was driven out from power and Corazon Aquino was formally and peacefully sworn in as the new president of a freed and liberated Philippines on February 25, 1986, a historic event which is now known and remembered as the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution.

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