Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales was named as among the recipients of the 2016 Ramon Magsaysay Awards.
According to the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation, Morales was cited for her “moral courage and commitment to justice in taking head-on one of the most intractable problems in the Philippines,” which is corruption.
She was likewise acknowledged for improving the conviction rate of cases handled by the Office of the Ombudsman (OMB) before the Sandiganbayan from 33.3 percent to 74.5 percent.
“(Morales) prioritized the filing of cases against high-ranking officials, sending the strong signal that OMB is earnest in its anti-corruption campaign,” the foundation said.
The award-giving body, widely regarded as Asia’s version of the Noble Peace Prize, will also bestow the award to India’s Bezwada Wilson and Thodur Madabusi Krishna, Dompet Dhuafa of Indonesia, the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers, the Ventiane Rescue of Laos.
The formal conferment of the Ramon Magsaysay Awards will be on August 31 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. (mb.com)