Veteran journalist Melo Acuña, 64

Photo from Melo Acuña’s Facebook account.

VETERAN JOURNALIST Melo Acuña passed away early Friday morning, August 27, at the Quezon City General Hospital. He was 64.

Melo’s wife, Ma. Jhona Acuña announced his death on Facebook. “My husband Melo Acuna joined his creator today at 2:30 a.m.,” she wrote. 

Just two days before, Acuña posted on Facebook that he and his wife were infected with COVID-19. “It’s sad [that my] wife and I got to be part of 12,067 new cases,” he captioned on the photo of DOH’s case bulletin. 

Melo started his career as a full-time reporter at DWGW-IBC in Legazpi City. According to his personal site, he went on to become a stringer for Reuters and then a correspondent for the Manila Bulletin from 1980 onward.

In 1994, Acuna joined DZRV-Radio Veritas and became its station manager in 2004.

He joined the media office of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) in 2007. 

From 2010 to 2018, he was a correspondent for China Radio International.

In 2018, he began writing for Asia Pacific Daily, covering the Palace, defense, foreign affairs, business and trade, health, and energy beats. An accredited broadcast journalist of the Kapisanan Ng Mga Brodkaster Ng Pilipinas (KBP), Acuña hosted Tapatan sa Aristocrat, a weekly press forum which tackled current issues and concerns, shifting this to the digital platform during the pandemic. 

Acuña was also an active member and former board director of the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP).

DFA Assistant Secretary Eduardo Meñez noted his valuable contribution as “one of the longest-serving and well-respected members of the DFA Press Corps.” CMFR joins the media community in mourning the loss of a dedicated colleague. 

Acuña is survived by his wife, Ma. Jhona and son, JP.