Malacañang on Friday mourned “lifelong journalist” and former Press secretary Rodolfo “Rod” Reyes who passed away on Thursday night. He was 80.
In a statement, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. recognized Reyes’ service to Filipinos.
“Rodolfo T. Reyes was a lifelong journalist who was deeply committed to his profession.
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,” Coloma said.
“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,” he added.
The multi-awarded journalist is best known for exposing illegal drug and crime syndicates in then Malabon town (now a city of Metro Manila) by posing as a drug addict in the early 1960s.
He served as editor-in-chief of The Manila Chronicle and worked as an executive of GMA 7 and ABS-CBN television networks.
His remains were brought to the Manila Memorial Park in Paranaque City (Metro Manila) on Friday.
Interment is on Monday, April 18.