Born Ramon Banzon Magsaysay, Jr in 1938 in Manila, he is the son of former President Ramon Magsaysay and Luz Banzon. Ramon Magsaysay, Jr. is currently married to Marie Louise Kahn and has two children, Francisco and Maragarita, from his first marriage.
Ramon Magsaysay, Jr. was 15 when his father assumed Presidency and 18 when his father died in a plane crash in Cebu. Magsaysay holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering which he acquired from De La Salle University. He also attended Harvard School of Business Administration in Boston and New York University Graduate School of Business Administration as part of his post-graduate studies.
Ramon Magsaysay, Jr. first worked as a trainee engineer at Procter and Gamble in the Philippines, also serving as a supervising engineer at Caltex from 1961 to 1962. In 1966 he served as Congressman for Zambales and was considered to be the youngest Congressman elected to the lower house, at 27.
Ramon Magsaysay, Jr. served 4 years before returning to work in the private sector in roles such as Company President, Company vice president and Chairman of the board. After failing to attain the role of Vice President in the 1992 elections, he was voted into the senate in 1995 and re-elected in the 2001 elections.
Platforms/Advocacy of Ramon Magsaysay, Jr.
Justice, Opportunities, Security and Business are the cornerstones of Magsaysay’s 2013 agenda. Ramon Magsaysay, Jr. is promoting such agendas such as transparency and accountability in all forms of work, ensuring people know their rights and freedoms, provision of health, opportunity, education and safety to the citizens. He also advocates business prosperity, wishing to ensure the long term economic future of the country and provide more chances for business to boom in the country.