VETERAN journalist, poet and former Manila Bulletin columnist Alfredo “Fred” Lobo was found dead Monday in his Manila condominium apartment, the Manila Police District (MPD) announced on Wednesday.
According to initial reports, the body of Lobo, former president of the National Press Club (NPC) of the Philippines, was found in the comfort room of unit 706 of the Vista Condominium at 2587 Taft Avenue at the corner of Vito Street. Cruz in Malate on June 13. .
The MPD has yet to determine the exact date and cause of death. The case is still under investigation pending the outcome of the autopsy.
A former Malacañang reporter for the Manila Bulletin, Lobo was chairman of the NPC for three consecutive terms, from 1995 to 1998. He was also chairman of the ASEAN Confederation of Journalists.
In addition to writing his Punchline column, Lobo was also a multi-award winning poet. For his poems on world peace, justice and nature, he was named “World Featured Poet 2017” by the Pentasi B World Poetry Fellowship, of which he later served as one of the trustees. He also won the second prize from the World Nations Writers’ Union in the 2018 World’s Best Poet-Writer competition. He was also nominated as Platinum Poet of Blossom / Splendor Poet (India).
He has written two books of poetry and a presidential biography. He also taught at Eastern University.
Lobo has served as a Peace Ambassador for the World Institute for Peace, was named a Humanity Ambassador by the Hafrikan Prince Art World, and has been a member and trustee of various international poetry and writing organizations.
Samar, 66, from Catbalogan City, was also a certified public accountant.
Lobo’s sister, Charita Lobo-dela Rosa, said a wake and funeral for the veteran journalist was being arranged.
“Our family appreciates the concern and love you have for her. At this time, we are still in the process of arranging her funeral. We will update you once the details are finalized,” Lobo-dela Rosa said in a brief statement published on Wednesday. “We are grateful for all of your prayers.”
In a separate statement, the AFN offered its condolences to Lobo’s family, friends and colleagues.
“Mr. Lobo has served the Club with honor and distinction,” the APN said. “A kind person, he was fondly remembered as ‘Mr. Last Question’ during press conferences in Malacañang, especially during the tenure of President Fidel Ramos. Our deepest condolences to his family and friends bereaved.”