Former inmate graduates on top of class, gets offer for full college scholarship

  • Victorio Principe was jailed in November 2013 for being a courier for a drug group
  • Principe was only an elementary graduate then and had been forced to work on a construction site in order to help his family
  • Mayor Herbert Bautista met with Principe on May 2 and offered the former inmate a full scholarship to a four-year course at the Quezon City Polytechnic University

MANILA, Philippines – A former inmate proves that it is never too late to change and become a better person —  after he graduates from high school and even finishes as a top-notcher. Indeed, he turned out to be a huge surprise.

ABS-CBN News mentioned in an article published on May 26 that the now 20-year-old Victorio Principe was jailed in November 2013 for being a courier for a drug group.

The Quezon City Local Government revealed that Principe was only an elementary graduate then and had been forced to work on a construction site in order to somehow help lessen his family’s financial worries.

Proving prison is not the end of his life, Principe showed he could do better and be a more productive member of the community. While inside the Quezon City Jail, he worked hard to finish high school through the Alternative Learning System (ALS) program until the time he was released from prison in June 2015.

Ben Nabong mentioned in his article for Rappler published on July 6, 2015, that Principe is the top-notcher among high school graduates on that year; gaining an average of 99% in the ALS Equivalency exam, and landing as the 4th highest in all Quezon City passers.

“Nakalaya ako noong June lang, bumalik lang ako para sa graduation namin,” Principe said.

[“I was released from prison only last June. I just came back here for our graduation.”]

“Hanggang Grade VI lang po kasi natapos ko at kailangan na huminto kasi kinailangan magtrabaho sa construction dahil wala na kaming kakainin,” he added.

[“I only finished Grade VI as I needed to stop to work in construction as we don’t have money to buy food.”]

An article by Manila Coconuts said Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista met with Principe on May 2 and offered the former inmate a full scholarship to a four-year course at the Quezon City Polytechnic University.

Principe, who is now very happy with the turn of events, can now show that it is never too late to chase one’s dreams and have a better life.

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