Statement of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales on her Ramon Magsaysay Award
I am deeply honored by the recognition accorded me by the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation.
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.
As family and colleagues celebrate with me this recognition, I am fully aware that this fight remains a challenging one. Every day we continue to deal with inadequacies in the justice system and vestiges of entitlement among powerful individuals.
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.
My faith in the Filipino people remains unshakable as we continue to aspire and work for a just and fair justice system.