Esteemed World Class Journalist Writes 30

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Letty Jimenez-Magsanoc of The Philippines leading broadsheet daily pass away. She was known to topple two presidency that of late Ferdinand Marcos and Joseph Ejercito Estrada through her tireless pursuit of truth and journalism integrity.


When a Philippines' giant in journalism writes 30, it's a sad note to our continues Nation building that kept EDSA's beacon alive.
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Letty Jimenez-Magsanoc was a Filipino journalist and editor, notable for her role in overthrowing the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos. Magsanoc was editor of the crusading weekly opposition tabloid Mr & Ms Special Edition. Most of
her later years was as editor in chief of the Philippine Daily Inquirer. Jimenez-Magsanoc died on the night of Christmas Eve (GMT-13) December 24, 2015 at St. Luke's Medical Center in Bonifacio Global City, Philippines. Today Decemebr 27th is her scheduled interment at Heritage Memorial.

A typical Asian-Filipina on her physique Letty Jimenez-Magsanoc was probabaly just over 5 feet tall, but she towered all others who came across her advocacy by her courage and unrelentless pursuit of truth. This was her stamce when she to stood up to Philippine President Joseph E. Estrada. Magsanoc served her journalistic career effectively by taking on the country's usual untouchables. On her baptismal of fire she was forced to resign from her first reporting job in 1981 because she wrote something that offended the Philippines strong man - Ferdinand Marcos--without realizing he owned the paper. Unperturbed she joined the predecessor to the Inquirer, where she rose to top editor in 1991 until the time of her death.

Fearless Views...

The largest Daily Broadsheet Philippines Daily Inquirer began in the last days of Marcos Year back in 1985. The bold, courageous mavericks behind however have its root from another stand alone magazine-Mrs & Mrs. The tabloid-magazne played a leading role in opposing the Marcos regime.Its front cover sported a graphic that counted the number of days since the unsolved murder of Aquino. It became the national mirror and weekly printed soap opera of a country who learn to shackiled its chain from the bondage of tyranny. When the 25 soldiers present at Aquino's murder were put on trial,. Eugenia Apostol (matriach of modern journalism) launched a weekly newspaper, the Philippine Inquirer, devoted to coverage of the trial. In 1986, the Inquirer became the Philippine Daily Inquirer, which was the leading daily in the Philippines for many years. in the late 90s, true to its underlying newspaper maxim ""Fearless views.." it cross path to another President that of Joseph Ejercito Estrada.

The actor turned politician Estrada tried to close down LJM's (acronym name to Ms. Magsanoc) paper by organizing an advertising boycott in the turbulent year of Mr. Estrada's year, she was ready to fight back. The President was furious that the Inquirer was running stories critical of his administration, as well as editorials admonishing him for a failure of leadership. He accused the paper of damaging the image of the country and driving away foreign investors. When the Inquirer broke a story about his son using a government jet to visit his girlfriend in the south, Estrada was blew his top. He barred Inquirer reporters from his briefings and rallied his friends--who run the Philippines' major companies and were the Inquirer's major advertisers--to the cause. Ad placements dropped 80% overnight, with only one major advertiser, the Ayala Group, refusing to heed the boycott. The tag of war of events eventually witnessed Estrada being toppled for was known as EDSA 2. Again LJM Newspaper was intrumental in carrying the torch of the first EDSA.

Balanced News...

On the breakaway years of Philippines from the former dictator. letty Jimenez-Magsanoc critical rle was crucial for the culmination of sought freedom.As the successor to the previous Mr. and Mrs. Special Edition and the weekly Philippine Inquirer, it was founded on a budget of P1 million and enjoyed a daily circulation of 30,000 in its early days. The new daily was housed in the dilapidated one-story Star Building on 13th and Railroad streets in Port Area, Manila. It was put out by 40 editors, reporters, correspondents, photographers and other editorial employees working in a 100 square meter newsroom. Columnist Louie Beltran was named its editor-in-chief.
The newspaper was instrumental then in documenting the campaign of Corazón Aquino during the 1986 presidential elections and, in turn, the 1986 People Power Revolution. Its slogan, Balanced News, Fearless Views, was incorporated to the newspaper in January 1986 after a slogan-making contest held during the first month of the Inquirer's existence.

Today, The Philippine Daily Inquirer is undeniably the country’s most widely read and circulated newspaper. With over 2.7 million nationwide readers daily, it enjoys a market share of over 50% and tops the readership surveys. Not only is it the most read among all sectors and ages, it is also the country’s most trusted source of hard-hitting news and countless exposés. Distinguished by award-giving bodies like the Catholic Mass Media Awards, Jaime Ongpin Awards for Investigative Journalism and Anvil Awards, it is the Philippines’ most awarded broadsheet with over 200 awards and citations.. Its highly successful publication, a free paper aptly called Inquirer Libre, won two Gold Quill Awards of Excellence and is currently making in-roads in developing readership among the masses.

History have been kind to Ms.Letty Jimenez-Magsanoc as her formidable foes can not rewritten what he had gave for her country and her industry. A true bedrock of Philippine journalism if not of the whole world.

Rest In Peace LJM!

As a martial law baby myself and member of generatin "X" i grew up and witness how history unfold in my youth. Mr & Mrs was the weekly synopsis of political reality. Me and my eldest brother who was a student leader that time have vast collection of every edition of the tabloid-magazine(a ahlf breed of sort that can be called tab-zine). Then in the colorful event of EDSA bloodless revolution came.Philippine Daily Inquirer made coffee, pandesal (bread) never comple the morning without reading the PDI (abbreviation for the Inquirer). My literary heroes and journalist idols are on the same paper. From National Artist Nick Joaquin, to Historian Ambeth Ocampo to Jounalist and columnist par exellence like Ceres Doyo, Hilarion Henares, Randy David, Magno et al and even the scholarly Jesuit Fr. Joaquin Bermas including seriously than thou turned Sport Journalist Recah Trinidad and Al S. Mendoza all pages of the revered broadsheet is like an open library and the facebook of my generation we were hooked. It was a staple of the empowered bourgeois and civil society.

Thank you LJM, your work is done the beacon was turn over on the enlightened youth.

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author avatar Eno Jubril
29th Dec 2015 (#)

LMJ is a great person indeed nice to know her via this article and condolence to your nation f the loss.

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author avatar Deepizzaguy
30th Dec 2015 (#)

I am sorry to learn about the death of Letty. She made the world a better place after she finished her mission in her life.

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
1st Jan 2016 (#)

The role of media in a country is inevitable to change the political domain and texture of country. Philippines and other ASEAN states did a 'job well done' in this regard.

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
2nd Jan 2016 (#)

I agree with you Karim...

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