The Makabayan Coalition is one with the nation in expressing its deep sorrow and sense of loss at the death of Letty Jimenez Magsanoc, editor in chief of the Philippine Daily Inquirer and indefatigable defender of press freedom and democracy.
We fondly remember the many times we been treated to Letty’s disarmingly inquisitive nature, her genuine interest in the affairs of the Left and the mass movement in general, and her concern for the marginalized and the voiceless in society. We could always be assured of her respect, her open mindedness and her readiness to defend our right to express and fight for our views.
To us, Letty and her body of work epitomized the fine libertarian tradition of the Philippine press. She was a journalist par excellence who ensured fairness and balance in reportage but who never shied away from taking a principled stance on issues affecting our people, even if it meant fighting an uphill battle. She was a spearhead against tyranny and dictatorship, and a dependable ally in the fight for human rights, genuine democracy, national sovereignty, and public accountability.
Letty’s death has left a void in the media and in our collective hearts. But it is a void that many others can and should fill. It is our hope that the expressions of sorrow and tribute given to Letty might inspire present and future journalists to take the same path that she took.
Paalam at pagpugay, Letty Jimenez Magsanoc. Tauspusong nagpapasalamat kami sa buhay mong inalay para sa sambayanang Pilipino.
December 28, 2015