September 25, 2017, 3:29 am
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No lobbying in RM awards

In view of anonymous allegations raised in a recent blog called “collective.com.ph”, which insinuates that the Ramon Magsaysay Award was given to Jesse Robredo as a result of the PR work and lobbying of a so-called “Gabby Bordado”, the trustees of the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation (RMAF) wish to clarify the following:

1. The allegation that Jesse Robredo won the Magsaysay Award because of some person’s lobbying efforts has no basis in fact. There is no person by the name of Gabby Bordado (as cited in the “collective.com.ph” blog) who was involved in the RMAF’s review, deliberation, and selection of Jesse Robredo as the 2000 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for Government Service.

The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation considers Jesse Robredo a fully deserving and highly respected Ramon Magsaysay laureate.

2. To safeguard the integrity of the Ramon Magsaysay Award, the guiding principles and practices of RMAF for the past 58 years have not allowed any lobbying, PR, or other similar attempts to influence the annual selection of Ramon Magsaysay Awardees. Any such attempts, whether in the nomination or the selection process, have been quickly and firmly sanctioned.

The Foundation cautions all readers to fact-check anonymous and undocumented claims about the Ramon Magsaysay Award, in order to avoid making erroneous and unfair conclusions concerning the Award and/or the Ramon Magsaysay Awardees. – CARMENCITA T. ABELLA, President, Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation
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