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14/08/2009: United States Senator Richard Lugar Signs Condolence Book for the Late President Corazon Aquino

United States Senator Richard Lugar Signs Condolence Book for the Late President Corazon Aquino

14 AUGUST 2009 WASHINGTON, D.C. - Indiana's six-term Republican Senator, Richard G. Lugar, expressed his deep sympathy to the family of the late President Corazon Aquino, the Filipino people and to all those who admired her leadership in the condolence book prepared by the Embassy of the Philippines in Washington, D.C.

Senator Lugar recalled the significance of President Aquino's assumption to office in February 1986.  As chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee from 1985 to 1986, Senator Lugar conducted hearings on system of governance and election mechanics in the Philippines.  He promoted democracy in such a pivotal time for the nation through his co-chairmanship in the U.S. Election Observer Group, a team that monitored the 1986 'snap election'.

“Her service gave new inspiration to those seeking democracy throughout the world,” Senator Lugar wrote.  “I treasured each visit with her and have been inspired by the constancy of her witness.”

Elected to the U.S. Senate in 1976, Senator Lugar is currently the most senior Republican and the longest serving Indiana senator in the state's history. END.