Veteran radio broadcaster Joe Taruc dies

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Joe Tarucs passed away on Saturday at age 70.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 30) — Veteran radio broadcaster Joe Taruc passed away on Saturday.

He was 70.

His son, GMA news reporter Jay Taruc, confirmed the news on his Facebook page.

Joe Taruc started in the radio industry before the martial law regime. He eventually became the Vice President of the radio station DZRH, and anchored Damdaming Bayan and Pangunahing Balita.

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, who was a broadcaster, posted his picture with Taruc, thanking the newscaster.


Senator Grace Poe, meanwhile, called Taruc the "voice of truth" for his sharp commentaries and clear reporting.

"Ang kanyang pagpanaw ay mag-iiwan ng malaking kahungkagan sa pamamahayag sa himpapawid," Poe said in a statement.

[Translation:His passing will leave a huge void in radio broadcasting.]

Other personalities, including Senators Sonny Angara, Joel Villanueva, and JV Ejercito also expressed their condolences.




In a statement, the Palace shared its sympathies for Taruc's passing.

"We offer our deepest condolences to the family of news anchor Jose 'Joe' Taruc Jr. The nation mourns the passing of radio broadcast giant Joe Taruc. He will be missed,"  Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said.