From the Editor-in-Chief: A Sad and Happy Moment for a Loving Father’s Birthday

From the Editor-in-Chief

A mixed feeling of sadness and joy prevailed Sunday evening when the bereaved Leonardo family of Florenceville Subdivision in Pahanocoy Bacolod City hosted a thanksgiving dinner for family, classmates and friends of the late patriarch Renzie Leonardo on the occasion of his 65th birthday at L’Fisher Hotel last November 19.

The bereaved family took the opportunity to formally express their sincere thanks and appreciation to all those who condoled with them during their period of mourning when Renzie died last January, 2017.

Renzie’s eldest daughter Gladys Leonardo in a pose with NDB’s Pert Toga, and Henry James Toga during the thanksgiving dinner at L’Fisher Hotel last Nov. 19.* (Photo by CJ Peligrino)

Present during the thanksgiving dinner were Renzie’s wife and their children, Gladys and two other sisters with 3 grandchildren.

From left: Ofelia Udang-Leonardo (seated) with her three daughters Hanah Leonardo-Magpusao, Gladys Joy Leonardo-Tan, and Gladys Leonardo.* (Photo by CJ Peligrino)

The late Renzie Leonardo on his 64th day last year.*

In the words of a close relative, the late Renzie was “devoted husband, a loving father and grandfather” who always found time to spend with his family, classmates and friends.

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The-81-year old Negros Press Club, the oldest press club in the Philippines today, also had its sad moment over the last weekend, when two of its regular members, wrote 30 one after the other, not due to violent causes but sickness. We condole with the families of our dear media colleagues, veteran broadcasters Fred Sapa of Radio Veritas Bacolod and Arnold Diaz who used to be with DYWB Bombo Radyo Bacolod. Both Fred and Arnold were regular members of the Negros Press Club and very active in most activities of the mass media especially those involving press freedom and similar causes affecting broadcast journalism and the media in general.

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It is truly unfortunate and revolting that despite the lapse of eight years after the deadliest attack on innocent Filipinos, including 34 journalists in Maguindanao, justice for the victims’ families has been too elusive and perhaps no longer being pursued in earnest.

The much-maligned Maguindanao Massacre way back on Nov. 23, 2009 could have become a landmark triumph of justice for the administration if something had been done for the sake of the victims’ memory whose only misfortune is that, they were in the wrong place for the wrong reasons, especially the media practitioners who offered their lives in pursuit of the truth and in fulfillment of their profession.

Only the fond memories of their devotion to the media profession remains. Whatever happened to our champions of press freedom, democracy and justice in this country?*