Ombudsman Morales receives 2017 Tandang Sora Award

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales received the Tandang Sora Award in recognition of her ideals and virtues that mirror that of Filipino heroine Melchora Aquino.

The Quezon City government gave the award during the 205th commemoration of Aquino's birth anniversary on Thursday.

Aquino, who took on the moniker Tandang Sora, was known as the grand woman of the Philippine revolution for risking her life and helping the Katipuneros fight the Spaniards.

Morales was cited for possessing the virtues of Tandang Sora, namely honesty, industry, service, word of honor, kindness, caring, and protectiveness.

The award also recognized the Ombudsman's dedication and untarnished record as a public servant.

"I am deeply honored in behalf of the countless men and women in the government who live by the tenets of Melchora Aquino," Morales said.

"I took on the challenge of being the fifth Ombudsman not only to make a significant dent on corruption and impunity in our country but also to disprove my detractors who dissuaded me for the basis of age and gender…more than five years as an Ombudsman I hope and I do believe that I have proven those detractors wrong," she added.

Morales joins the roster of other recipients of the award, namely Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, journalist Tina Monzon-Palma, former Senator Helena Benitez, and first female Quezon City Mayor Adelina Rodriguez.

CNN Philippines Correspondent Yumi Lugod contributed to this report.