September 8, 2010
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines joins the family, friends, colleagues and the media industry in mourning the passing of Alexander Martin Remollino.
Alex was only 33 when he died.
But in his short life, Alex made a lasting mark in Philippine journalism.
He was more than a chronicler of the travails of Juan de la Cruz. He cast away the conventions of Western journalism that, in their blandness often serve the status quo, and fiercely embraced the dictum that his craft existed to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.
He rarely wasted his talent on reporting the oftentimes hopeless and useless antics of so-called leaders whose only qualifications are being born to wealth and privilege except to unmask the venality and banality that passes for governance in this benighted land.
With admirable skill and compassion, he documented in a language that was passionate and eloquent, yet easily readable, the sufferings and triumphs, the sorrows and joys, the shattered dreams and hopes of our long-suffering people.
Alexander Martin Remollino was more than a journalist. He was a Filipino journalist. Not by mere virtue of birth but because he truly devoted his craft to and for his audience, the Filipino people.
Mabuhay ka, Alex!
Nestor Burgos Jr.
Jovencio Godoy Jr.