Former Philippine president Aquino battling cancer

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Former Philippine president and democracy icon Corazon Aquino made her first television appearance since she was diagnosed with colon cancer a month ago, saying she is ready to accept God's will and that she has been feeling no pain.

"I really am fortunate. I have no pain," the frail-looking 75-year-old Aquino said while answering questions on a popular entertainment show with her daughter Kris and grandchild James on Sunday.

"I just get tired easily. So I guess whatever the Lord wants, I am prepared to accept," she said with teary eyes and quivering voice.

Aquino thanked her "beloved countrymen" for praying for her recovery, saying she was "overwhelmed."

Aquino has been responding well to chemotherapy, and on Saturday attended her grandson's birthday, daughter Kris said on ABS-CBN TV.

Sen. Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III said his mother had regained her appetite and even asked for Chinese food.

"We view her regaining her appetite as a very positive sign," he said in separate comments published Monday.

A humble housewife propelled to politics by the assassination of her husband, an opposition leader, in 1983, Aquino led a peaceful uprising in 1986 that toppled late dictator Ferdinand Marcos and became a harbinger of nonviolent protests around the world.

After stepping down in 1992, she has remained active in social and political causes. Most recently, she has been attending rallies calling for the resignation of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo over allegations of vote-rigging and corruption.

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