Maria Milagros Esperanza Habana Magsaysay, also known as Mitos Magsaysay, United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) candidate for senator in the upcoming 2013 elections, is the current Congresswoman of 1st district of Zambales since 2004.
Mitos Magsaysay was an independent candidate when she ran for the position in Zambales and has since then been named as a 6-time outstanding congressman since 2005 for her excellence in public service. Mitos Magsaysay is also dubbed as “Congresswoman Libre” for her free services to her constituents, such as free daily medical assisntance, scholarships and skills training. Although the Aquino administration did not release her PDAF or pork barrel, as a member of Lakas, she still continued to give free services to her constituents using her personal funds.
Mitos Magsaysay is also the person some people think should replace the feisty senator, Miriam Defensor Santiago, whose term is ending this year, for her audacity and outspokenness. A joke in some circles goes around saying that someone should keep the Senate debates interesting after Santiago is gone and that it should be Magsaysay.
She is known to be a critic of the Aquino administration but she denied this saying, “I’m not a staunch critic of President Aquino. I’m a staunch critic of policies.” She has railed against the limited allocation of Priority Development Assistance Funds to opposition legislators.
She has authored and sponsored bills that tackle Zambales forest lands, regional trial court branches and electric power supply distribution system in Olongapo City.
Mitos Magsaysay graduated from the University of the Philippines with a degree on BS Business Administration. She is married to Jesus Vicente Magasaysay II, son of former Zambales Governor Vicente Magsaysay.
Platforms/Advocacy of Mitos Magsaysay
Mitos Magsaysay’s advocacies and platforms include health, taxation, transportation, hosuing, education, livelihood, and oil deregulation.