Inquirer chief editor Letty Jimenez-Magsanoc passes away

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Metro Manila (CNN PHilippines) — Letty Jimenez-Magsanoc, editor-in-chief of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, has passed away, the website of the daily broadsheet reported on Thursday (December 24).

There were no other details in the report, which was actually just a brief statement:

"It is with deep sorrow that the Philippine Daily Inquirer reports the death of its esteemed editor-in-chief.

"The Inquirer condoles with the Jimenez and Magsanoc families.

"The country has lost a bedrock of journalism. And we, the inquirer family and her family in the profession, feel the incalculable loss of a well-loved leader, a mentor, a friend. We pray for strength in this hour of bereavement."

In the 1980s, as editor of the crusading weekly opposition tabloid Mr & Ms Special Edition, from 1983 to 1986, Magsanoc played part in overthrowing the regime of President Ferdinand Marcos.

Magsanoc was the eldest of nine children of Col. Nicanor Jimenez, who was also a manager of the Philippine National Railways, director of the National Intelligence and Security Authority (now the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency), and ambassador to Korea.

Her fourth sister, Lourdes, was popular entertainment talk show host better known as Inday Badiday.

Magsanoc started her career in journalist by contributing to the Sunday Times Magazine while still a senior at the St. Theresa's College Manila. She was encouraged by one of the editors of the magazine, Eugenia Apostol, who would later launch the Mr & Ms Special Edition shortly after the assassination of former Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. on August 21, 1983. After graduating from St. Theresa's, Letty Jimenez would move to the United States, where she took her masters in journalism at the Univcersity of Missouri.

She married Dr. Carlos Magsanoc in 1963.

Her daughter Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala is a broadcast journalist who produces news documentaries.

Aquino: Magsanoc is a 'source of strength'

President Benigno Aquino III sent his thoughts and prayers to the Jimenez and Magsanoc families.

Aquino in a statement called Magsanoc a "source of strength" for Filipinos.

The president said that in all that Magsanoc did, "there was no higher cause than the country's welfare and that of our people."

"She always spoke to me frankly, and yet with deep understanding," Aquino recalled of Magsanoc.