MANILA - Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales feels "deeply honored" for receiving the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award from the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation.
Carpio Morales was recognized by the award-giving body for restoring faith in the rule of law.
In a statement, Carpio Morales said she is "deeply honored" by the recognition, adding that the award is not only for her, but also for those working for the Office of the Ombudsman.
"In choosing me as an awardee, the Foundation is also honoring the men and women of the Office of the Ombudsman who have faithfully toiled and persevered with me in our shared commitment to excise the cancer of corruption that has afflicted our country for decades," she said.
Carpio Morales added that the recognition serves as an "added inspiration and encouragement" for her and her colleagues in doing their job.
"The Foundation's affirmation of our work gives my co-workers and me added inspiration and encouragement to carry on and remain focused, undaunted by those who persist in not only plundering public funds but, more seriously, destroying our moral fabric as a people."
Aside from the Philippines, other awardees came from India, Indonesia, Japan and Laos. They are:
- Bezwada Wilson (India)
- Dompet Dhuafa (Indonesia)
- Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (Japan)
- Thodur Madabusi Krishna (India)
- Vientiane Rescue (Laos)
Carpio-Morales, who retired as Supreme Court Associate Justice, was appointed Ombudsman in 2011. President Benigno S. Aquino III announced her appointment during his second State of the Nation Address in 2011.
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