Modena, 58
ANTONIO MODENA, a diplomat and a former deskman of Malaya, died of pneumonia and heart complications on Feb. 17 in Pasig City. He was 58.
Modena, who was also undergoing treatment for cancer, was a reporter and president of the labor union of the defunct Times Journal during the martial law years.
Prior to his appointment as Philippine ambassador to Israel in 2004, Modena held several posts at the Department of Foreign Affairs. His statements on the harsh treatment of Filipinos by Israeli authorities became controversial last year as he recalled the Nazis’ treatment of Jews.

Scripps, 87

AMERICAN MEDIA pioneer Charles E. Scripps, board chair of the media company E. W. Scripps Co., died of natural causes on Feb. 3. He was 87.
As a newspaper publisher for more than four decades, Scripps led the growth of the company and its entry into other forms of media such as broadcast and the Internet.
Scripps started his journalism career in 1941 at the Cleveland Press, a newspaper founded by his grandfather E.W. Scripps.

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