PDI publisher & former ANN chairman Isagani Yambot writes 30

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    Isagani Yambot, publisher of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, succumbed to a heart attack on Friday. He was 77.

    Yambot was one of the members of the board of the Asia News Network (ANN), an alliance of 21 newspapers in the region. He was also chairman of the board in 2009 when the network celebrated its 10th anniversary.

    ”It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved publisher Isagani 'Gani' Yambot. He will surely be missed but his spirit lives on in the work we do to ensure editorial policies are closely followed," the Inquirer said in a statement.

    "We are very grateful for all of his contributions and we applaud his passion and commitment to his work. We request that you join us in prayer for the eternal repose of his soul,” it added.

    Abigail Valte, deputy spokesperson of Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, expressed the government's condolences on Yambot's death.

    "We believe it is no exaggeration to say the entire fourth estate wished Isagani Yambot well, as he underwent cardiac bypass surgery. It has come as a profound shock to hear his bereaved family announce his passing. He writes 30 at a time when the newspaper he had worked with for so long, was enjoying unparalleled public trust and popularity," Valte said in a statement.
    Valte also hailed Yambot's contribution to press freedom in the country from pre-martial law days to the present.

    "Isagani Yambot was a newsman in the no-holds-barred days before martial law, and continued in the profession in the oppressive martial law years; he was one of the links with the pre-martial law press who mentored a new generation of journalists to understand just how much a free press matters, and who stood shoulder to shoulder with his peers each and every time free speech came under attack after (the EDSA revolution).
    "He was a calm, cheerful presence not only in the newsroom and boardroom of his paper, but in every gathering of note among journalists and between media, civil society, and government. His was a voice of passion yet reason; the loss of his presence will be felt deeply by a nation that knows all a newsman can ask for, in the end, is this simple epitaph: he wrote it, as he saw it, with honest words and with his only master, the truth," Valte said.


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