CENTRAL MINDANAO, Philippines — Print and broadcast journalists in the Central Mindanao region are mourning for the death of Malu Cadelina Manar, a writer of Manila Bulletin and MindaNews and program director of Catholic-run DXND radio station.
Manar, an active officer of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), reportedly died of illness.
In a statement posted in his fb account, Mindanao Bulletin scribe Datu Ali Macabalang extended his “condolence” to the bereaved family.
Macabalang said: “The last time she visited me in our home was in the campaign stage of the 2019 elections when she sought my help in her candidacy for a seat in the Kidapawan City legislature. She used to provide me herbal supplements, thinking I was ailing more than she did…”
“Weeks earlier, she used to call me and my wife on common concerns.”
Macabalang said he was the one who endorsed Manar to the Manila Bulletin.
Cheng Ordonez, a former editor of a Middle East newspaper and now based in Zamboanga City, and Mindanao senior reporter of The Philippine STAR John Felix Unson also extended their “condolences” to the family of Manar.
Also, another fellow journalist Ms. Yen Oledan, who is based in Davao City and a friend of Manar, said she was in “disbelief” when she heard of the sad news.
“Am still in disbelief, but thank you Malu for keeping and upholding integrity in media work. for the unflinching commitment and passion to speak the truth, and in sharing your skills with the younger ones whom you mentored. You are remembered fondly.” (RASHID RH. BAJO/Photo credit to Ali Macabalang)