Quoted below are excerpts from Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño, statement on the passing of veteran journalist Teodoro “Teddy” Benigno. Casiño is a former BusinessWorld columnist and former president of the College Editors Guild of the Philippines.
My family and my party join the nation in mourning press freedom fighter Teddy Benigno. The people mourn because a torch-bearer of truth has retired amid the gloom and doom that is the Arroyo regime.
The people will always remember how Teddy Benigno formed Focap as a foil to the US-backed Marcos dictatorship’s muzzling of the press and thereby opened an opportunity for truthful reportage of the people’s militant anti-dictatorship struggle.
For his role in the victorious anti-Marcos struggle, Teddy Benigno’s place in history is already secured.
I agree with Rep. Teddy. History will definitely be kind to Benigno, who proved that idealism doesn’t have to fade as one grows old.