Statement on the death of Press Secretary Cerge Remonde

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) condoles with the family, friends and colleagues of the late Press Secretary Cerge Remonde, who died this morning at 51.

Cerge rose from the ranks as a Cebu broadcaster to become national chairman of the Kapisanan ng mga Broadcaster sa Pilipinas (KBP) for six terms.
Even after he joined government service, Cerge retained the respect of former colleagues and continued to be friendly and open with the media.

The NUJP may have differed with Cerge on many issues including government’s response and action, or lack of the same, on the unabated killings of journalists in the country.
But he remained a friend and did not fail to express his solidarity with the Philippine press.
When NUJP officers and members of the International Solidarity Mission who came in response to the Ampatuan massacre met with Cerge on December 9, 2009 in Malacañang, he expressed his grief for the journalists slaughtered in the massacre and vowed to help find justice for the victims and to help the victims’ families.

Amid passionate discussions and debates with the mission members, Cerge expressed his desire to return to his first love – media – after June 2010, when his term and that of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo end.

It is unfortunate that Cerge never realized that desire.

For reference:

Nestor P. Burgos Jr.
NUJP Chairman


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