Covid-19 forces cancellation of Asian Peace Prize

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Ramon Magsaysay award is known as Asian Nobel. A peace award of Philippine has been cancelled this year due to COVID19 pandemic, marking the third disruption in six decades for annual prize regarded as an Asian Nobel.

Earlier the awards were also cancelled due to a financial crisis in 1970 and a disastrous earthquake in 1990.

Ramon Magsaysay award was Instituted in 1957, the award celebrates the life of Ramon del Fierro Magsaysay, the third President of the Philippines.

The award is given per annum to individuals or organizations in Asia who manifest an equivalent selfless service and transformative influence that ruled the lifetime of the late Filipino leader.

The Manila-based foundation that hands out the Ramon Magsaysay awards said on Tuesday it’s no choice “with the COVID-19 pandemic practically immobilizing the planet .”

The quite 330 awardees thus far had included leaders like late Philippine President Corazon Aquino and Teresa, known for her mission in India.

The Philippines may be a coronavirus hotspot in Southeast Asia , with about 22,400 infections, including quite 1,000 deaths.