Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Home News Reports Ramon Magsaysay Award: Established by two CIA linked American organisations in memory of a...

Ramon Magsaysay Award: Established by two CIA linked American organisations in memory of a CIA groomed Philippines president

Ramon Magsaysay Award is established by Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Ford Foundation of USA, both have deep links with the CIA

NDTV journalist Ravish Kumar has been awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award for the year 2019. Five persons have been selected for the prize this year, which is known as Asia’s Nobel Prize. The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation describes Ravish Kumar as one of India’s most influential TV journalists. While this award has been celebrated by the left-liberal chatterati, they are ignoring a very important aspect of this award, which is established by two American organisations with deep links with CIA, and it was established in the name of a former Philippines president who was actively supported by CIA in winning the election.

While most people know about the background of the Nobel prize, the background of the Ramon Magsaysay Award is not very well known. The award is named after Ramon Magsaysay, who was the president of Philippines from 1953 to his death in 1957. Ramon Magsaysay was described as an “America’s boy” by CIA, a person who was groomed by the CIA to protect the interests of the United States of America in Asia.

Manila has been the headquarters of CIA for Southeast Asia, and it has been influencing the politics in the Philippines for a long time. The USA has several military bases in the country, and it was a vital base for the USA during the cold year.

In the 1940s and 1950s, Philippines was witnessing the Hukbalahap, a communist guerrilla movement of peasant farmers against rich landowners. The movement was gaining popularity, which was suspected to have links with communists, and the USA feared that if the movement becomes successful, the country will go to the hands of Communists, which will result in the closure of American operations in the country. Therefore, suppressing the movement of Huks was very important to maintain American presence and interest in the Philippines, and the CIA had used Magsaysay to achieve that.

In 1950, then President Elpidio Quirino had appointed Ramon Magsaysay as the Secretary of National Defense, at the urging of the head of the Joint US Military Assistance Group (JUSMAG) and the US Ambassador. Days later, CIA officer Edward Lansdale, had set up his office in Magsaysay’s office. Landsdale was officially an advisor of JUSMAG, but actually, he headed the CIA’s Office of Policy Coordination in the Philippines. Lansdale was a pioneer in clandestine operations and psychological warfare, and he had developed and used many such techniques in the Philippines. He worked as an advisor of Magsaysay, teaching him how to combat the Huk movement using psychological warfare.

Magsaysay was important for the CIA in its long-term plans in the country, and it had set up and funded the National Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) for this purpose. CIA’s plan was to make him president of the Philippines, as it was felt that Quirino was not successful in controlling growing communist influence in the country.

Landsdale has said in his memoir that his order from the US government was to stop the Communist-led Huks in gaining power in the Philippines and forming the government. His job was to groom Ramon to achieve this.

CIA’s plan was very detailed and robust, which included even losing an election to build up a clean image of Magsaysay. They persuaded him to ensure that the Senate election in 1951 was clean and fair, which had resulted in Magsaysay’s party losing all nine seats. But it was a huge PR move for him, as he was now seen as the cleanest leader in a country known for electoral malpractices by ruling parties. He was hailed as the man of the year, a national hero by media, and declared the next President by Time magazine which carried him on its cover, all thanks to American efforts.

American funded media campaign in support of Ramon Magsaysay continued until the elections, creating a very popular image for him. CIA had also persuaded him to bring reforms in the military, and take a tough position against corruption. Of course, these were good moves for the country, but the CIA wanted these steps to effectively defeat the Huks, and create a good image for him to ensure victory in the election.

Foreigners were banned from contributing to election funding in the Philippines, but American companies had donated considerable amounts of money to Magsaysay’s party Nacionalista which was facing fund shortages at that time. CIA also worked towards ensuring that Magsaysay becomes the next president, not incumbent Quirino from the same party. And this included many ‘dirty tricks’ of CIA, not just otherwise good moves like free election and combating corruption. According to CIA Manila station chief General Ralph B. Lovett, once President Quirino was drugged before a speech by the agency “so that he would appear incoherent”. CIA had also managed to tarnish his image over a trivial corruption issue.

Close to the elections, a Magsaysay-for-president campaign was founded by the agency, running a massive domestic and international publicity campaign bosting Magsaysay’s image. Landsdale himself has revealed that the CIA chief has offered him $5 million to arrange the election, but he said that $1 million was enough, which was delivered to him in a suitcase.

All these efforts of the CIA were successful when Roman Magsaysay won the elections in 1953 and became the president. He was one of the most popular presidents of the country, due to his clean image, his anti-corruption efforts, and the reforms he brought to the governance. He had also successfully eliminated the Hukbalahap, with the active help of American forces. He retained a close relationship with the CIA and USA during his term.

President Magsaysay died in a plane crash in 1957, and the Ramon Magsaysay Award was established in his memory. It may be noted that the award was constituted by New York-based Rockefeller Brothers Fund. In 2000, Ramon Magsaysay Emergent Leadership Award was established by Ford Foundation, another American organisation. Both these organisations are known for working for American interests in foreign countries, and have a history of closely working with the CIA. In fact, the Ford Foundation is alleged to be a philanthropic facade of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Rockefeller Brothers Fund played a crucial role in CIA’s cultural cold war, working on promoting modern art, helping CIA’s efforts to popularise modern abstract art across the world. It is now a known fact that the CIA had used modern art as a ‘weapon’ in its ‘cultural war’ against communism, and American non-government organisations were crucial players in this war. Rockefeller Brothers Fund’s trustee Nelson Rockefeller was the president of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, which had helped in moving around and exhibiting abstract art. The museum was established by Rockefeller’s mother. Several top-ranked CIA officials were in the board of the museum, confirming the close link between the agency and the organisation.

Therefore, the Magsaysay award, which is celebrated by left-liberals, has a direct link with the CIA and the United States America, the two entities that the left-liberals hate the most.

  Support Us  

Whether NDTV or 'The Wire', they never have to worry about funds. In name of saving democracy, they get money from various sources. We need your support to fight them. Please contribute whatever you can afford

OpIndia Staff
Staff reporter at OpIndia

Related Articles

Trending now

Allahabad HC upheld ‘conversion only for marriage invalid’ when a Muslim converted to Hinduism, does u-turn when a Hindu converted to Islam

The Allahabad HC had also ruled that SC had observed in several cases the right to choose a partner is an integral part of Fundamental rights

Far away from India, a Vedic ecosystem rises in Texas Gaushala

In January 2020, I shared the story of Abhinav Goswami, who decided to bring to America the gifts of ancient India

Pakistan Court, which granted custody of 13-year-old Christian girl to 44-year-old Azhar, exonerates abductor, says ‘no rape’: Shocking details

Earlier the Pakistan court had granted the custody of a 13-year-old girl Christian girl to her 44-year-old abductor Ali Azhar

Muzaffarnagar: Yogi govt demolishes illegal construction on 100 Bighas of forest dept land by Islamic preacher Pir Khushal Miyan

A letter written by Union Minister of State Dr Sanjeev Balyan to the DM ordered the authorities to get the land belonging to the forest department vacated at the earliest.

J-K admin makes public list of beneficiaries under ‘illegal’ Roshni Act, names of former PDP minister, Congress leader, Farooq Abdullah etc emerge: Details

The Jammu and Kashmir High Court had deemed the Roshni Act as illegal, directing the gvt to publish list of land beneficiaries on the official website

Grooming Jihad in Jharkhand: Rahim becomes Arjun, tells the Hindu woman to first convert to Islam if she wants them to get married

The latest case of Grooming Jihad (Love Jihad) has emerged from village Behera in the Hazaribagh district of Jharkhand.

Recently Popular

Anvay Naik suicide case for which Arnab Goswami was arrested: Letters exchanged, the closure report, and unanswered questions

On 4th of Nov, the country watched as Arnab Goswami was dragged out of his house by over 20 armed policemen for a closed 2018 suicide case

Fraud fact-checker accuses TrueIndology of lying, when caught, wants an HD-quality photo from 1904

Pratik Sinha's lies were exposed in an OpIndia report. After his shoddy 'fact-checking' was called out, he has now resorted to name calling and shifting goalposts.

German police barge into the house of anti-lockdown activist Dr Andreas Noack, arrest him during YouTube livestream: Watch video

Dr. Andreas Noack, was arrested by the German Police on Wednesday in what appears to be a gross violation of personal liberty.

Pratibha Patil is trending on Twitter and it is not what you think. Read details

Former President Pratibha Patil was trending on Twitter and it was not because of what people think.

Uttar Pradesh: Golu and Guddu kill driver Mushtaq with an axe for harassing their sister, surrender to police

The brothers, Golu and Guddu, reportedly reached the police station with a blood-stained axe and confessed to killing Mushtaq.

Actress Sana Khan who quit bollywood for Islam marries a Muslim cleric who was introduced to her by hatemonger Ajaz Khan

Sana Khan married the Muslim cleric in a small intimate ceremony in Surat. The newly married couple also cut a cake after the wedding.
- Advertisement -

Delhi Riots case: Court says enough material on record to proceed against Umar Khalid, Sharjeel Imam and Faizan Khan for offences under UAPA

All the three accused Umar Khalid, Sharjeel Imam and Faizan Khan were arrested for their alleged role in the anti-Hindu Delhi riots case.

Airport in Ayodhya to be named Maryada Purushottam Sri Ram Airport, Yogi gives assent

Yogi Adityanath has cleared a proposal to rename the Ayodhya Airport to Maryada Purushottam Sri Ram Airport, Ayodhya.

Karnataka High Court dismisses murder convict’s defence, says refusal to marriage cannot be accepted as ‘sudden provocation’ for committing murder

The Karnataka High Court noted that agreeing to the defence that 'grave and sudden' provocation led the accuse to murder the victim will rob the woman of her choice and dignity

Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij becomes first to get trial dose of India-made COVID vaccine

Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij was administered a trial dose of India made Covaxin at a hospital in Ambala on November 20

Habitual offender Rehana Fathima given last warning by Kerala High Court after violating bail condition in ‘Gomatha’ cookery video

In the cookery video titled Gomatha Ularthu, Fathima kept referring to the meat as Gomatha. The High Court let her go giving her last opportunity to 'improve'.

Uttar Pradesh: Shahid once again elopes with minor girl belonging to other community after securing bail; family demands strict action

Shahid had lured the same girl away in March as well after which he was jailed but sections of POCSO were not invoked.

Anti-Conversion law: Yogi government approves ordinance against unlawful religious conversions, violations to attract up to 10 years in jail

The anti-conversion ordinance passed by Uttar Pradesh govt also has provisions for 10 years’ jail for mass conversion

Allahabad HC upheld ‘conversion only for marriage invalid’ when a Muslim converted to Hinduism, does u-turn when a Hindu converted to Islam

The Allahabad HC had also ruled that SC had observed in several cases the right to choose a partner is an integral part of Fundamental rights

HuffPost India shuts shop days after public notice asking for lowering down FDI in digital media

HuffPost India is shutting down its operations from the 24th of November, an announcement on its website read.

A couple tries to self-immolate outside Odisha assembly, alleges police inaction in their child’s murder case as suspect belongs to ruling BJD

The couple alleged that neither the police nor the administration helped them as the suspect was close to the the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) minister Arun Sahu. A case was registered by the police but no arrest was made.

Connect with us