Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Silliman recipient of Salonga's RM P2M bounty

Silliman University will be one of three institutions that will receive the US$50,000 (P2.25 million) monetary reward given to former Senate President Jovito R. Salonga, who is one of this year's awardee of the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award.
Last August 31, 2007, Salonga was one of the recipients of the 2007 Ramon Magsaysay Award for government service.
In his repsonse during the presentation held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Salonga mentioned Silliman University which will be a beneficiary of the US$50,000 reward.
A law center has been established in Silliman University named after the former senator presidnet, the Jovito R. Salonga law center which is devoted to conduct of law research and legal aid programs for the poor who cannot afford lawyers' fees.
In his response Salonga said, "I plan to give the cash reward to three entities...the third is an educational institution in Dumaguete City---Silliman University--- where my elder brother Benjamin Salonga, now deceased, finished in BS Chemistry. He passed the Civil Serve Examination and was employed in the Bureau of Science. I has been a self-supporting student during my years of basic law studies in the University of the Philippines, but my brother Ben supported me so I could devote more time to reach my senior year in law school and ultimaely serve our weak, marginalized people who needed legal help."
The other two recipients of the monetary reward are the two foundations which Salonga founded namely the Kilosbayan a peoples' organization, and Bantay Katarungan.

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