Jun Magsaysay remembers late dad on this day

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Ramon Magsaysay Jr. recalled yesterday in Manauag, Pangasinan,the Sunday his father and namesake, the well-loved President Ramon Magsaysay, failed to show up for their weekly family Mass and breakfast.

That was the day 56 years ago today that the President’s plane crashed on Mount Manunggal following a busy Saturday spent with officials and the people of Cebu.

“‘I have to go back to Manila, I always have breakfast with my family,’” Magsaysay quoted his father telling Sergio Osmeña Jr. after the latter had suggested that the President spend the night in Cebu.

It was around 1 a.m. on Sunday when the ill-fated presidential plane took off.

“That was our tradition,” Magsaysay told reporters in an interview as the administration Team PNoy coalition, under which he is running for senator, continued its campaign sorties in Pangasinan.

Magsaysay, who is now 74 years old and running for a third Senate term, was only 18 when his father died.

Magsaysay said that when his mother, Luz, learned on Sunday morning, March 17, 1957, that the President’s plane was missing, she tried to dismiss it by saying he could have had his flight diverted elsewhere to do surprise checks on government installations.

“That was how he was, he would do inspections,” said Magsaysay.

His mother nevertheless asked the family and friends to pray for the safety of the beloved chief executive.

Later in the day, they were told the President’s plane had crashed killing all on board except for then Malacañang reporter Nestor Mata.

“We were shocked. He was our only breadwinner,” said Magsaysay.

Magsaysay said the plane was carrying a full load of 27 passengers and five to seven bushels of Cebu mangoes.

“The plane’s propeller was made for speed, not for cargo,” said Magsaysay, dismissing decades worth of conspiracy theories regarding the plane crash.

He remembered his father as a disciplinarian who didn’t think twice about using a leather belt when his children needed some fatherly guidance.

He also remembered how his father nipped the Huk insurgency by addressing their concerns particularly with regard to social injustice and human rights abuses.

Magsaysay said he hoped that today’s young people who were not yet born when his father was president would be educated about the leaders that did the country good.

Magsaysay is skipping today’s Team PNoy rally in Baguio City to lead commemoration rites on the 56th death anniversary of his late father in Cebu.

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  • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

    It’s nice to see Jun Magsaysay waxing nostalgic about the good old days when his father Mambo Magsaysay was every Filipino’s guy and there was peace on earth and plenty for all to feast. At 74, Jun Magsaysay is probably too senile to still remember that his father was a mere creation of the CIA thanks to Edward Lansdale and Napoleon Valeriano. Out of nowhere, the unknown Mambo Magsaysay became the bravest defense secretary, the poor man’s champion and the greatest Malay who ever lived. Faster than a speeding bullet, Mambo Magsaysay was like a superhero plucked out of a comicbook who then took a life of his own. Like all comicbook heroes however, Mambo soon crashed and burned when his creators no longer found him useful.

    Meanwhile, another legend has been unfolding right before our very eyes. A legend handcrafted by a marketing and advertising guru who successfully pulled off the greatest hoax on earth. A hoax that misled millions of Filipinos into venerating and believing in the biblical powers of the yellow Madonna and the Child. The false Madonna is now gone and the flawed Child is now the president. And the promised land remains more remote than ever. Nice job Emily Abrera.

    • koolkid_inthehouse

      Ramon Magsaysay Sr. is a real down to earth kind of guy. Whatever you said created him or came from nowhere, he’s still the best President of the Philippines. We hope that another comic book creation will come true to life again.
      After President Aquino, nothing in the offing is for real. Binay, Jinggoy, Revilla, Enrile are comicbook characters like the enigma and Mr. Penquin. Any CIA creation that can overcome high noon robbery of the Filipino people’s money are welcome.

  • Noel

    He remembers his dad during these campaign and election time.

    • sanjuan683

      oo nga para makakuha ng boto, mang-uuto na naman. Mga pulitko gunggong ang mga yan.

    • ernievictory

      who are you to conclude such nonsense ? Anak ka ba ni Ramon Magsaysay ? Moron…

      • Noel

        Hindi. Malapit sa aking puso ang Ramon Magsaysay. Galing ako sa Ramon Magsasysay High School. Idiot !

      • ernievictory

        …and that made you a Magsaysay expert ? Gunggong !

  • FORTHE GOOD

    Ramon Magsaysay Jr. is a unifying icon and statesman with unblemished reputation and track record. The senate needs his wisdom and incorruptible spirit.

    • FILIPINOpatriot4ever

      The best among the senior candidates. In the US, 47% of senators are above 70 years old.

      • popeyee

        Because they don’t let their wives, children, siblings run for the senate, unlike in the Philippines..

    • bryanbrian

      I look up to this guy. How he preserves his integrity in the field of politics all these years is amazing. It must really be his good values and character.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ESOLZFVKAWYGCVFPVUANFVV4W4 Efren

    Sana i-kumpara ng mga voters ang pagkatao at mga nagawa ng mga anak na senatoriables at kanilang mga ama : June Magsaysay and his father are standouts !

    • sanjuan683

      Ginagamit na naman ninyo si ramon mag, kasi election na naman. Nang-uuto na naman kayo ng botante, iba ang orig, nakaupo na yan dati anak, may pinagbago ba sa senate, wala rin di ba, kaya wala na epek ang mga anak. Para si Abnoy din yan walang epek nagkakamatayan na sa Sabah puro pulitika kampanya ang inaatupag. Kung sabagay Abnoy talaga wala na pag-asa.

  • pakita_ko_sayo

    How about Mitos Magsaysay? PInalalaki niya Magsaysay pero hindi naman siya in any way related sa mga tunay na Magsaysays

  • tra6Gpeche

    In general, we, Filipinos, are either cursed or not that lucky. We had honest, incorrupt and truly good leaders, like President Ramon Magsaysay ang Secretary Jesse Robredo, but taken away from us by their unexpected & untimely death. In contrast, those Filipino leaders, who are/were in the government for very long time, submerge us, ordinary Filipinos, to hopelessness and poverty

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OB5E2YZETNX6ZKNID2D5X23HWA Vincent Rhay

    To those who are bashing Mitos Magsaysay guys I feel pity to all of you. Why because you keep on telling that she is SAMPID in the Magsaysay Family but did you think twice or thrice about your mother’s FATE….SAMPID lang din ba sila?….I am a concerned citizen and I ask you to be vigilant this coming election…vigilant to a true and honest elections. stop mudslinging and dirty politics. You go in Zambales it is Mitos Magsaysay who always make sure to honor the late President to represent the lineage of the clan. That’s why instead of using the surname Magsaysay, Mitos had written her name bigger than her surname in her election paraphernalia After all she may be a magsaysay by marriage but she is also from a great political clan in Capiz, the Habanas

  • jga94

    The apple does not fall far from the tree…I hope he is brought back to the Senate.

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