FERNANDO “JERRY” BARICAN, noted student activist, Harvard-trained lawyer, and spokesman of President Joseph Estrada, passed away in his sleep on Friday night at the Makati Medical Center due to complications from a recent heart attack. He was 66.
Barican was a leader of the Samahang Demokratiko ng Kabataan (SDK) and chairman of the University of the Philippines Student Council when the historic street protests called the First Quarterstorm broke out in 1970.
He was detained when martial law was declared in 1972, and ran for the Senate in 1978 together with Ninoy Aquino in the opposition LABAN party. He ran again for the Senate in 1992 under the banner of “Danding” Cojuangco’s NPC party.
In 1998, he was tapped by Estrada to serve as Palace spokesman. He joined the board of the Development Bank of the Philippines, where he stayed into the term of President Gloria Arroyo.
Barican’s funeral wake will be at St. Alphonsus de Liguori church in Magallanes Village. Final necrological rites are scheduled for Monday at 7 p.m. Burial will be at the Manila Memorial Park in Sucat, Parañaque at a date and time to be announced later.