Born and raised in Southern Mindanao’s fruit and vegetable haven of Tupi town in South Cotabato,he currently lives in Iligan City.
He is an advocate of education, environment, and Muslim-Christian harmony. He has been to many different national conventions ranging from science summer camps to schools press conferences. His passion for Mindanao deepened when he saw the disheartening effects of the armed conflicts when he distributed relief goods for the victims of the conflict in Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte in 2008.
In 2005, he was the recipient of the Pres. GMA Award of Outstanding Achievement in 2 categories: Student Leadership and Campus Journalism. He served in two different magazines as Editor-in-Chief in 2007-2009. JR is currently the Editor-in-Chief of MSU College of Law - Iligan’s schoolpaper.
He finds philosophical ideas intellectually stimulating. As a college teacher of politics and Philippines history, he is certain that one needs to be critical of the past in order to plan the future.
He is now studying law after obtaining a degree in Political Science at the MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology.
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