January 24, 2018, 9:22 am
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Palace condoles with Macasaet family

MALACANANG yesterday sent its condolences to the family of Malaya-Business Insight publisher Amado “Jake” Macasaet, who passed away last January 7.

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said Macasaet would be missed, by him personally, and by the nation, adding Philippine journalism suffered a big loss.

Roque, who had worked with Macasaet in some of the libel cases slapped against members of the media by former First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo, described him as a “maverick” best known for preferring to be cited in contempt “than be silenced” and “surrender his independence.”

His remains lie in state at Chapel 3 of the Heritage Park in Fort Bonifacio. 

The Commission on Elections also extended its condolences to the family of Macasaet. 

The poll body said Macasaet’s acumen, devotion to craft, and hard-nosed integrity inspired many. His lust for life and good food warmed the hearts of all who knew him.

Above all, his unyielding defense of journalistic independence over the years will stand as his most enduring legacy – the memory that will always spring to mind first when, over the years to come, the name of Jake Macasaet repeatedly comes up in conversations, according to the Comelec. – Jocelyn Montemayor
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