Sunday, September 26News That Matters

Tag: Josephine Anne Lapira

Why this mother rejected a UP scholarship for her valedictorian son

Why this mother rejected a UP scholarship for her valedictorian son

Society & Culture
Josephine Anne Lapira, 22, a University of the Philippines (UP) Manila student, died in what the authorities reported as an encounter between New People’s Army members and government forces in Batangas province on the evening of Nov. 28, 2017. September 26, 2017 – Southern Leyte | Sometimes, parents cannot be blamed for their unorthodox decisions especially when they experienced something that changed their lives. This is what happened to the family of Elsa Torreblanca, a public school teacher, widow, and mother of four. Elsa’s husband Mario, was killed by suspected members of the New People’s Army in Sogod, Southern Leyte, in September 2000. Mario was a farmer and was suspected by the group as a military asset. The group later claimed his death, but evidence of his link to th...