Ramon Magsaysay honors advocates and fighters


The Ramon Magsaysay Awards for 2013 were given out to 3 individual-trailblazers and two groups fighting against pervasive social ills in the region. The award — regarded as the Nobel Prize of Asia — recognized a Filipino healthcare-for-all advocate, a Burmese development worker, a female Afghan governor, a Nepalese anti-human trafficking group, and an Indonesian anti-corruption commission. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, who was the guest of honor during the awarding ceremony, was moved by the life narratives of the award recipients. “With all the embarrassment that I feel that some of us in the public service may not have been doing as much for the cause of the public good, please accept my warmest congratulations,” said the Chief Justice.

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