MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – After decades of interviews and reports on air, veteran radio broadcaster Jose “Joe” Taruc Jr signed off for the last time on Saturday, September 30.
Taruc anchored Damdaming Bayan and Pangunahing Balita on dzRH, where he was vice president. He just turned 70 on September 17.
In a statement circulated among reporters, his son Jay Taruc said the broadcaster, born Jose Malgapo Jr, died in his sleep early Saturday morning.
The Taruc family then requested some time to mourn his death and celebrate his life in private. “Announcements will soon be made regarding the details for his wake and interment,” he added.
In a tweet, Senator Juan Edgardo Angara remembered Taruc as an “institution in the broadcast industry.”
“As someone undergoing dialysis, he supported our free dialysis bill,” Angara said.
Senator Grace Poe remembered Taruc as a “sharp” commentator whose reports always sided with the ordinary Filipino.
“Sana’y magsilbing inspirasyon sa mga mamamahayag ng kasalukuyan at hinaharap si Manong Joe. Nakikiramay po kami sa kanyang naulilang pamilya at mga tagapakinig sa buong bansa,” Poe said in a statement.
(May he serve as an inspiration to present and future journalists. We offer our condolences to his family and listeners nationwide.)
Malacañang also offered its deepest condolences to Taruc’s family.
“Manong Joe was an institution in the radio broadcast industry. A multi-awarded journalist, Mr Taruc became the pillar of dzRH where he held several key positions,” said presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella in a statement.
“The nation mourns the passing of radio broadcast giant Joe Taruc. He will be missed,” Abella added.
Communications Secretary Martin Andanar remembered the broadcaster as “legendary.”
“I will forever be grateful,” said Andanar, himself a broadcaster before joining government. – Rappler.com