Hon. Mary Ann Chiong de los Santos: A Case Study in Political Behavior
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Hon. Mary Ann Chiong de los Santos, born from an upper middle class family, was a daughter of Atty. Fernando Flordelis de los Santos, a lawyer by profession and was appointed as the technical advisor of former President Ramon Magsaysay and Mrs. Dulce Chiong – de los Santos, a plain housewife. With education as the dogma of her parents, she took her basic education at the Colegio de la Inmaculada Concepcion, bachelor’s degree on Political Science at the University of San Carlos, and law studies at the same university. With this dogma, all of her eight siblings were all professionals, as her parents believed that education is the only legacy that they can leave, and if they are equipped with education, they are set for life.
A person who firmly believes in destiny, she started her political career on 1994. It was during that time that she worked in the Borromeo-Amores law firm. With the request of her father, she was asked to help Maning Montemayor, a candidate vying for barangay chairmanship in Barangay Lahug, in formulating his political platforms. As a graduate of political science and law, her father expected her to help Montemayor, because her father, a retired lawyer at that time, wants to be behind the limelight. It was then that Montemayor offered her a seat in the barangay council ticket. Though reluctant to accept the offer, due to the persistence of Montemayor, she accepted the offer. She said that her father discouraged any of his children in participating during elections for her father, serving as a technical adviser of Pres. Magsaysay, saw how “dirty” politics was and he had a bitter taste experience of politics while running for congress of the south district against Cuenco. However, it did not stopped ...
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... the future. Though it may seem to be too much of being a lunatic but I hope that sooner, in my own little way, I may be like of Hon. Mary Ann de los Santos, having her wits, her skills and values in public administration, and her passion for public service.
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