MALACAÑANG is saddened by the death of Fernando “Jerry” Barican.
“We mourn the passing of former presidential spokesperson Fernando Jerry Barican, who passed away last Friday evening,” Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in a radio interview over dzRB on Sunday.
“We join the nation in expressing our heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones,” he added.
Barican was comatose at the Makati Medical Center for about a month before his death on Friday. He was 66.
Coloma said he knew Barican as a student activist during the First Quarter Storm in the early 1970s at the University of the Philippines.
At the time, Barican served as chairman of the UP Student Council.
He was one of those detained when martial law was declared in 1972.
Barican, a Master of Law from Harvard University, served as spokesperson for then-President Joseph Estrada and board member of the Development Bank of the Philippines.