Bersamin leads Gusi Peace laureates

MANILA Supreme Court (SC) Senior Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin is among the awardees of the Gusi Peace Prize International Awards, which will be held Wednesday (Nov. 28) night at the Philippine International Convention Center.

The 69-year old magistrate will be joining 18 laureates from Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ethiopia, Germany, India, USA, Portugal, Philippines, Pakistan, Turkey, South Africa, Malaysia and Poland.

Bersamin is the most senior serving member of the high court in terms of service. In 1986, he was appointed a trial court judge in Quezon City by President Corazon Aquino. In 2003, Bersamin was elevated to the Court of Appeals by President Gloria Arroyo.

Bersamin is the sibling of the late Rep. Luis Bersamin, Jr. of Abra and three-term provincial governor Eustaquio P. Bersamin. His father, the late Luis F. Bersamin Sr., was the provincial governor shortly after World War II.

Bersamin is one of two Filipino Gusi awardees. The other is Gen. Antonio Tamayo, the owner of Perpetual Help Academy.

Aside from Bersamin and Tamayo, other awardees are Mdme. Susana Pesis from Argentina; Dr. Jose Ricardo de Vargas from Colombia; Mr. Alberto Monge from Costa Rica; Dr. Isaias Salas Herrera from Costa Rica; Mdme. Teresita Vallejo from Cuba; Engr. Dawit Tesfaye from Ethiopia; Dr. Gerhard Sennewald from Germany; Dr. Peter Seeberger from Germany; Prof. A.B. Akhilesh from India; Prof. Lincoln McCurdy from USA; Dr. Magdalena Patricio from Portugal; Dr. Mirza Ikhtiar Baig from Pakistan; Mr. Faruq Cengic from Turkey; Prof. Malcolm McCulloch from South Africa; Tan Sri Dato Limkokwing from Malaysia and Dr. Andrie Woltczak from Poland.

Presidential Proclamation 1476, signed by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. declared every Wednesday in the fourth week of November as Gusi Peace Prize International friendship day.

The Gusi Peace Prize recognizes individuals and organizations who have contributed to global peace and progress through a wide variety of fields. The awards ceremonies are held yearly in Manila.

It was founded by Barry Gusi as a way to continue the work of his late father, Gemeniano Javier Gusi, a World War II guerrilla who fought against the Japanese and later became a politician and human rights advocate. (PNA)

Source: Philippine News Agency

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