In formally registering to run, she listed her occupation as "housewife." Indeed, her preparation for the post was probably best summarized by her comment to reportersseveral months earlier: "What do I know about being president?"Clad in her trademark yellow -- evoking the yellow ribbons that had proliferated aroundManila to mark her husband's return from exile -- Aquino proved to be a formidable, andfearless, campaigner. She vowed to "dismantle the dictatorial edifice" built by Marcos inhis two decades in power, "eliminate the social cancer of graft and corruption" under hisrule and hold him accountable for the murder of her husband.In one hard-hitting speech shortly before the election, she warned Marcos, "Don't youdare frustrate the will of the Filipino people, because you will have an angry people onyour hands."Days before the vote, she told The Washington Post in an interview that many Filipinoswere risking their fortunes and their lives to back her. "It's really a do-or-die situationnow," she said. "So many have realized that this is our moment of truth, and they justhave to give their all now or that chance may never come again."Aquino fully expected Marcos to resort to election fraud if the vote did not go his way, but she relied on the axiom that, as one Marcos campaign official put it in a moment of candor, "mathematically, you can only cheat so much." And she vowed to lead massivedemonstrations if the election was stolen from her.Indeed, a rubber-stamp legislature officially proclaimed the reelection of Marcos toa new six-year term on Feb. 16, 1986, after a protracted vote-counting process marked bywidespread fraud and violence. Aquino then launched a civil disobedience campaign to protest the result.Six days later, a military mutiny led by followers of Marcos's defense minister, JuanPonce Enrile, broke out in Manila. It was quickly joined by Lt. Gen. Fidel V. Ramos, adistant cousin of Marcos then serving as acting armed forces chief of staff. The mutineersdeclared support for Aquino, and the country's Roman Catholic primate, Cardinal JaimeSin, called the faithful into the streets to block any attack on them by Marcos's forces.Millions of Filipinos responded, giving birth to "people power."Three days after the revolt began, Marcos was forced to flee the Malacañang presidential palace, where he had lived since taking office in December 1965. He eventually landed inHawaii, where he died in 1989. Aquino took over as president, declaring that "the longagony is over."One of her first acts was to have Malacañang fumigated. But even then Aquino refused tolive or work there, preferring to hold office in a nearby guest house and opting to live in amodest home a block away. Initially, she even insisted that her motorcades stop at redlights -- until her security guards put an end to that egalitarian gesture.