Anselmo Roque, 80
VETERAN JOURNALIST Anselmo Roque succumbed to a lingering illness on Monday, April 29. He was 80 years old.
Roque joined the Philippine Daily Inquirer in 1986 as its correspondent in Nueva Ecija. He also became an editorial consultant for some community papers in Central Luzon, the Inquirer reported.
Roque was a recipient of more than 30 writing awards. He received the Philippine Agricultural Journalists (PAJ) lifetime achievement award last month along with Zac Sarian of the Manila Bulletin, Balita columnist Marcelo Lagmay and PAJ co-founder Jake Joaquin Jake Espino.
He was a former professor at the Central Luzon State University and became Associate Dean of its College of Education and director of its public relations office. Roque was the president of the Correspondents Association of Nueva Ecija and the adviser of the Nueva Ecija Press Club Inc.
He is survived by his wife Corazon, and his children Apollo, Jose, Hiyasmin and Oliver Lee and six grandchildren.