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Philippine Journalist Locsin Dies

January 22, 2000

MANILA, Philippines (AP) _ Veteran Philippine journalist Teodoro M. Locsin Sr., known for his fearless challenge of former President Ferdinand Marcos’ rule, has died of cancer, his family said Saturday. He was 85.

He died late Friday at a hospital in Makati City, a suburb of Manila. Locsin had cancer of the colon that had spread to his liver as well as other illnesses associated with old age, his family said.

Locsin was editor of the Philippine Free Press, one of the oldest and most respected weekly magazines in the country. The magazine was among those that had repeatedly warned a plan by Marcos to implement military rule to stay in power.

Marcos declared martial law and closed the Free Press in 1972. He detained Locsin in a military camp for several months, along with fellow publisher, the late Joaquin Roces, and thousands of other opposition leaders.

Locsin refused an offer by Marcos to return his printing press and publish his magazine again because he believed it would have been used by Marcos as a mouthpiece of the martial law government.

The magazine resumed publication shortly after Marcos was ousted in a popular revolt in February 1986.

Locsin, who has received numerous awards for journalism, was twice a recipient of the Philippine Legion of Honor for his exploits as a guerrilla who fought the Japanese during World War II and for his journalistic talent and leadership.

He is survived by his wife, Rosario, and sons Henry, Ramon and Teodoro Jr., publisher and editor of the newspaper, Today.

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