Isagani Yambot, publisher of the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper, one of the Philippines’ leading newspapers, passed away on March 2 at the age of 77 after an unsuccessful cardiac bypass surgery. Yambot was an active journalist from the days of the Marcos regime and continued to mentor young journalists, emphasizing the importance of a free press. Though Yambot’s condition was stable at the end of 2011, it greatly worsened two weeks ago. He passed shortly after the operation.

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The Manila Times