Senate bet remembers father

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Monday, March 18, 2013

SENATORIAL candidate Ramon Magsaysay Jr. yesterday took breakfast with Cebuano friends and members of the Cebu media at a restaurant in Lahug, Cebu City to commemorate the 56th death anniversary of his father, the late president Ramon Magsaysay Jr.

“This is considered the breakfast that my father was supposed to attend with our family, but never happened because he died in a plane crash here in Cebu on his way home 56 years ago,” Magsaysay said in a press conference.

Magsaysay said that if elected again to the Senate, he will continue the social justice advocacy of the former president who was called “The Guy” in his time.


In the gathering, Magsaysay distributed copies of the book “Ramon Magsaysay: Servant Leader with a Vision of Hope” authored by former University of the Philippines (UP) president Jose V. Abueva.

“I’m happy that despite 56 years had passed, the Cebuanos in particular, and the Filipinos in general are still commemorating his death,” Magsaysay Jr. said.

Former Provincial Board member Victor Dumon who joined Magsaysasy in the press conference, recalled that his father, then congressman Tereso Dumon, was supposed to accompany president Magsaysay in going back to Manila.

But Dumon said that the president instructed his father to stay and convinced then senator Sergio Osmeña Jr. to be his (Magsaysay) running-mate in the election.

Businessman Rey Anthony David who accompanied Magsaysay Jr. to Mt. Manunggal yesterday said that had the accident not happened, Martial Law could not have been declared and the Filipinos could have been spared from the abuses of homegrown tyrants.

Cordova Mayor Adelino Sitoy who also joined Magsaysay Jr. in the press conference recalled that President Magsaysay officiated their oathtaking when he became the chair of the youth movement for Magsaysay in Cebu in 1954.

Sitoy recalled that time when he complained about the irregular grandstand project in Cebu City, which is now the Abellana Grandstand at Cebu City Sports Complex, Magsaysay with only one bodyguard, suddenly came to Cebu and instructed the school principal to stop the construction.

Magsaysay Jr. also visited the Archbishop’s Palace and was warmly welcomed by Most Rev. Jose Palma.

When asked to comment on the latest survey that placed him in the number 16, Magsaysay replied that he was disappointed.

“But I believe that the Filipino voters will eventually vote for me because while I was retiring from politics, I was called by President Aquino to serve again and here I
am submitting myself to the will of the people,” Magsaysay said.

He recalled that in the 2010 election, the fight for the vice presidency was between Mar Roxas and Loren Legarda, and now Vice President Jejomar Binay was a poor third, but he eventually won.

“Because I was away from politics for six years, there’s a lot of fixing to do,” Magsaysay said, adding that he is also supported by several party-list groups all over the country.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 18, 2013.

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