Today, Oct. 20, is the 79th birthday of Alfredo R.A. Bengzon. As health secretary, he introduced the country’s first generic drug law which gave Filipinos an alternative to costly brand-name medicines. Bengzon received the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Government Service in 1991.–Marielle Medina, Inquirer Research
Today, Oct. 14, is the 137th birth anniversary of the founder of National University, Mariano Jhocson. Born in Sta. Cruz, Manila, Jhocson founded the Colegio Filipino, a nonsectarian and coeducational primary school, at his residence on Palma Street, Quiapo. Its name was changed to Colegio Mercantil in 1905 before it became the National Academy in 1916. On March 15, 1921, the school was renamed National University. Jhocson died on March 17, 1928.–Marielle Medina, Inquirer Research
A man threatened to jump from an overhead pedestrian walkway in the middle of a Hong Kong protest site on Sunday, saying he was angry his children’s schools had been shut by the demonstrations.
By Cris Evert B. Lato
When she retired from her job as a nurse in 2004, Lucita Luciani immediately plunged into a habit that she had cherished to do every day—reading.
Director General Alan L.M. Purisima of the Philippine National Police served under several police investigation and intelligence units, led various special task forces and was appointed to the top police post in Metro Manila before taking over as PNP chief.