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MANILA - Former President Corazon Aquino has been moved out of the intensive care unit of the Makati Medical Center, according to a staff of Mrs. Aquino's son, Senator Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino. The staff told ABS-CBN News Thursday morning that Mrs. Aquino was transferred to a regular room and was able to watch television. No medical bulletin has been released by doctors and the Aquino family, but Deedee Sytangco, Mrs. Aquino's spokesperson, disclosed that the former president has decided to forgo further chemotherapy or any other medical treatment. "The country's icon of democracy is fighting the hardest battle of her life," spokeswoman Deedee Siytangco wrote in an article published in the Manila Bulletin's Thursday edition. "She is no longer receiving any chemotherapy or any other medical interventions," she said, quoting a family member. "The members of her family beg everyone's understanding of their need for solitude and privacy at this delicate time," a statement on Aquino's official website said. "Let us all pray that God grant her good health and spare her from pain and suffering," added the statement. Visitors start trickling in Former Ombudsman Aniano Desierto and former Senator Sergio Osmeña went to the hospital on Thursday. Desierto said Mrs. Aquino's condition was improving. Osmeña prayed for Mrs. Aquino at the chapel of Makati Medical Center. Mrs. Aquino's youngest daughter, Kris, entered the hospital a little past midnight, but she did not give any comment on the condition of her mother. There is no word as to how long the former president will be in the hospital, where her children have not left her side. Only members of her family have been allowed inside her room. The media are not allowed near the lobby of the hospital. Prayers for speedy recovery Meantime, friends and relatives of Mrs. Aquino continue to offer prayers for her speedy recovery as she pursues her battle against colon cancer. On Thursday, at the Greenbelt Chapel in Makati City, some of her close friends and supporters, including former President Joseph Estrada, his wife Loi Ejercito and son Senator Jinggoy Estrada attended a healing mass and novena and appealed to the public to pray for her immediate recovery. Mrs. Aquino's former classmates and schoolmates at St. Scholastica's College have also begun a vigil for her speedy recovery. Bacolod Bishop Vicente Navarra has also called for prayers for former President Aquino. He said the former president has done a lot of good things for the country. Navarra urged all Negrenses to pray for her quick recovery, saying Mrs. Aquino is still needed by the country and the Filipino people. Even former First Lady Imelda Marcos offered her prayers. "I asked all these people to offer prayers to her. I have peace in my heart and am comfortable with the truth. I am praying for her safe recovery," Marcos said, as she handed out bags of rice at a northern Manila slum to celebrate her 80th birthday Thursday. Only family members Sytangco, in a phone interview with ABS-CBN News on Wednesday, said that only family members can visit Mrs. Aquino at the hospital. Sytangco said the family members stayed with Mrs. Aquino in the hospital and did not attend the novena. Mrs. Aquino has been confined in a hospital since Tuesday last week due to poor appetite. In a statement issued Wednesday, Mrs. Aquino's only son, Senator Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, said that she is still in the hospital for loss of appetite. "I wish to thank everyone who attended the novena mass today and those who continue to pray for my mother's healing," Sen. Aquino said. Mrs. Aquino's condition is "serious but [she is] conscious," Sytangco later told ABS-CBN News. Already in ICU Also on Wednesday Jiggy Aquino-Cruz, a grandson of the former president, confirmed with ABS-CBN News that she was transferred to the hospital's intensive care unit (ICU) where doctors closely monitored her condition. The transfer to the ICU also meant only a limited number of people could visit her at a time, Cruz said. Despite being a news story closely monitored by both local and international media, the administration of Makati Medical City is not releasing any medical bulletin about the former leader's condition. Aquino has largely remained out of the public eye in recent months, with doctors fearing she may contract infections in her fragile state. She had been undergoing chemotherapy and was previously hospitalized from March to May. With reports from ANC; Atom Araullo, Yasmin Pascual-Dormido, Lynda Jumilla, Niña Corpuz, Jenny Reyes, and Gretchen Malalad, ABS-CBN News; and the Agence France-Presse

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