Columnist Billy Esposo dies at 64
MANILA, Philippines - The country lost an "ardent advocate of people power" and a "full-blooded Filipino patriot" with the passing of columnist William "Billy" Esposo, Malacañang said Sunday, April 7.
Esposo died of a kidney ailment at around 12 am Sunday in the Makati Medical Center. He was 64.
Esposo, who wrote the column "As I Wreck this Chair" for The Philippine Star, served as director-general of the Philippine Information Agency and chairman of the Radio Philippines Network.
He was chief of the media bureau of former president Corazon Aquino during the 1986 snap elections.
On February 26, 2011, the 25th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution, he was awarded the Philippine Legion of Honor, rank of commander, by President Benigno Aquino III.
Presidential Spokesman Sonny Coloma said Esposo was one of those who fielded Aquino for the 2010 presidential elections, after Corazon died.
"He is an exemplar and a role model of what it is to be a Filipino in thoughts, words, and deeds," Coloma said. - Rappler.com