Aquino sisters, STI and Mabuting Pilipino grant scholarships to three children of Maguindanao massacre victims


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Keeping their promise to help their brother President Noynoy Aquino, sisters (Kris, Ballsy, Viel and Pinky), along with good governance movement Mabuting Pilipino and STI Colleges, granted scholarships to three children of journalists slain in the Maguindanao massacre, reports 24 Oras.

Ballsy Aquino-Cruz, the eldest of the siblings, personally handed the grant for a two year-course in computer technology to Hanny Mae Razon, Phoebe Bataluna and Ian Subang on July 14 at the STI office in Makati City. Cruz said, "This is just the start. We are also prepared to talk to business owners in their respective areas to help them get jobs after college."

STI Colleges Pres. Monico Jacob acknowledged that other Maguindanao massacre victims have children too, but said their children are too young to receive college grants. "Once they reach the college stage, we are prepared to offer them scholarships as well."

Phoebe, daughter of journalist Rubello Bataluna, told 24 Oras, "My father really wanted me to finish my studies. Now I have the means to finish college but he is no longer with us."

Ian, the eldest child of Socsargen News Today’s Francisco Subang, told 24 Oras, "I want to pursue my father’s dream of having his own newspaper." He also told Inquirer.net, "I want to focus on my mother first... I want her to gain a little weight."

Phoebe and Ian are enrolled at STI General Santos while Hanny Mae, daughter of Periodico Ini’s Fernando Razon, is at STI Koronadal City, according to the Inquirer.net report.

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