Piñol offers Badjao kid who graduated Magna Cum Laude a job in the Duterte admin

  • Incoming Agriculture secretary Manny Piñol is offering a job to the Badjao kid who graduated Magna Cum Laude from MSU
  • The job has a specific task of reaching out to his fellow Badjaos and help them feel that the Duterte government cares for them
  • Piñol said he also intends to recruit more members of other indigenous tribes to work in his office

MANILA, Philippines – The 22-year-old Badjao kid who graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Mindanao State University (MSU) in Tawi Tawi has been offered a job to work in the government by no less than incoming Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol.

Roben Abdella’s inspirational story was featured in a Rappler article by Jee Y. Geronimo through MSU Tawi-Tawi professorBasil Sali.

On his Facebook post dated June 4, Piñol said he is asking the help of his followers to find Abdella so he can offer him a job once he assumes his post as the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in the incoming administration.

“Many times in the past, I looked at the kids with sunburned golden hair begging in the streets asking myself whether there is a future for them,” Piñol wrote.

“Reading the story of Roben Abdella, the Badjao kid who graduated Magna Cum Laude, I now believe that there is a way out for them,” the former North Cotabato governor said.

Once he gets in touch with Abdella, Piñol said, he would like to hire the latter in the DA with a specific task – “to reach out to his fellow Badjaos and help them feel that there is a government which cares for them.”

“I believe that Roben Abdella could tell me how President Duterte could help lift the Badjaos from poverty and turn them into productive members of their communities,” he added.  (Click here to read more)

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