• Palace mourns death of ‘lifelong journalist,’ ex-press secretary Reyes

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    MALACAÑANG said Friday it mourns the death of “lifelong journalist” and former press secretary Rodolfo Reyes, who passed away on Thursday night. He was 80.

    In a statement, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. recognized Reyes’s service to the Filipino people.

    “Rodolfo T. Reyes was a lifelong journalist who was deeply committed to his profession,” Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said in a statement, recognizing Reyes’s service to the Filipino people

    He added, “He heeded the call to public service twice when he was appointed Press Secretary by Presidents Fidel Ramos and Joseph Ejercito Estrada in 1992-1993 and in 1998-2000, respectively.”

    Reyes, a multi-awarded journalist, is best known for exposing the illegal drug and crime syndicates in Malabon by posing as a drug addict in the early 1960s. He served as an editor of The Manila Chronicle and worked as an executive of GMA network and ABS-CBN.

    “He is remembered kindly and respected highly by all those whose lives were touched by his humble and gentle ways. Our thoughts and prayers for his eternal repose go to his bereaved family,” Coloma said.

    Reyes’s remains will be at the Manila Memorial Park starting from Friday. His interment is on Monday, April 18. CATHERINE VALENTE

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