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Written by Bobby M. Reyes   
Tuesday, 24 November 2009 10:36

T he members of the Media Breakfast Club (MBC) remembered Alejandro "Bong" M. Reblando during their 1,025th weekly meeting on Nov. 25, 2009, at the Social Hall of the Filipino-American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA). The meeting started at 10:30 a.m.

The 53-year-old Bong M. Reblando was one of so-far 30 journalists who were killed (out of 37 press people covering the event) together with confirmed 27 (as updated) other Maguindanao-Massacre victims on Nov. 23, 2009, at about 11:00 a.m. (Philippine time). He was recently promoted to the position of full-time staff reporter of the Manila Bulletin. Mr. Reblando was based in General Santos City.


According to Joseph G. Lariosa, Bong Reblando accompanied Louie Logarta and Fred Gabot, then the National Press Club (NPC) president and former NPC president, respectively, to Chicago, Illinois, in the third week of November 2001. Mr. Logarta inducted Bart SG Tubalinal, Jr. as the NPC Philippines-U.S.A. chapter president.


Mr. Lariosa is the dean of Filipino correspondents in the United States. He is the Chicago-based correspondent of the Manila Bulletin and the Tempo newspapers of the Philippines. He is also the NPC representative in the United States. Mr. Lariosa contributes articles also to this website.


Joseph Lariosa adds that Mr. Reblando missed the induction ceremonies, as he visited a relative in Springfield, Illinois, whom he had not seen for a long time.


H owever, Bong Reblando was able to accompany Louie Logarta, Fred Gabot and two other NPC officers to the Nov. 30, 2001, MBC-Dean Reyes Awards for Journalistic Excellence and Literary Distinction. The event was held at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Mr. Lariosa was one of the awardees that night. Messrs. Logarta and Gabot were the keynote speakers.


The following day, Dec. 1, 2001, Mr. Lariosa and this writer picked up Bong Reblando at his relative’s residence in Southern California and they drove to Las Vegas, Nevada, for a meeting with some Filipino-American media practitioners, as headed by photojournalist Renato "Rambo" Avenido. They stayed overnight in Las Vegas and drove back to Los Angeles late the next day. Among the topics that the trio discussed during their long trip to-and-from Las Vegas was how the Overseas-Filipino journalists could help their counterparts in the Philippines. One topic was the “SOS-J” Project. It was the acronym for “Support for the Orphans of Slain Journalists,” which this writer proposed earlier.

Editor’s Note: To read a tribute to Bong Reblando in the Manila Bulletin, please click on this link,

D uring a meeting with the visiting NPC officers on Nov. 29, 2001, this writer mentioned the concept of an “SOS-J” project. The NPC officers promised to look into the idea but nothing really came out of it.


In the meantime, the NPC Philippines-U.S.A. chapter in Chicago proposed to Mr. Logarta’s successor, Tony Antonio, the concept of raising money to help pay for the insurance premiums of Filipino journalists, especially those who cover dangerous zones.


The settlement money from the insurance coverage would go to the orphans of the slain journalists, as designated in the policy. But again, the concept remained solely an idea that never took off the ground – just like the “SOS-J” Project.


By the way, Tony Antonio retired from the Manila Bulletin in September this year and migrated to Michigan. He is now publishing a community newspaper there.

This writer will discuss with his fellow members during the MBC meeting tomorrow the possible launching of the “
SOS-J” Project and/or the insurance-coverage proposal advanced by Mr. Lariosa. It is an opportune moment to begin helping the orphans of Filipino journalists who are killed in performance of their duties, starting with the “Maguindanao 25” (and counting) slain journalists. Bong Reblando is survived by seven children.

Editor’s Note: To read another story about Bong Reblando in the, please click on this link,


In the meantime, Mr. Lariosa and the MBC members request readers to pray for the repose of the souls of Bong Reblando and other unarmed 24 journalists, who became victims of the heinous crimes of corrupt-and-senseless Filipino politicians and warlords.

Editor’s Note: To read the names of the journalists killed in the “Maguindanao Massacre,” as posted in the, please click on this link,


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Re: WE Will Seek Justice for the Slain Journalists Under a President Villar

Dear Tocayong Bobby:

Please be assured that the men and women of the Media Breakfast Club (MBC) of Los Angeles, CA, will push a Villar Administration to give justice to ALL the victims of the Maguindanao Massacre, especially the Filipino media practitioners. It may interest you to know that Bong Reblando was an honorary member of the MBC, he having attended an MBC function in November 2001. More details of his sojourn to Los Angeles and Las Vegas with Joseph Lariosa of Chicago and this writer can be found in this article, Remembering Bong Reblando (1956-2009) and the “Maguindanao 25” Slain Journalists

Manny Villar said that he would, as President, uphold and respect the system of justice of the homeland. With the assistance of the vigilant members and officers of the National Press Club of the Philippines, Overseas-Filipino members of the Fourth Estate like the MBC members will help prosecute the killers of the victims in the said Maguindanao Massacre. We do not need any miracle or magic; we have simply to do our duty and responsibility to our fallen comrades. And also help a President Villar push and secure fundamental structural reforms in our system of justice and socioeconomic structures.

Also, we think that a President Villar will help us launch our long-proposed "Support for the Orphans of Slain Journalists (SOS-J)" proposal. We sent the same proposal to President Arroyo and her predecessors but they did not even acknowledge receipt of our communication about the SOS-J. We will have better luck with a President Villar.


Lolo Bobby M. Reyes
and Founder and Chairman Emeritus,
Media Breakfast Club of Los Angeles (Founded July 1993)

In a message dated 5/9/2010 9:56:54 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it writes:
"palagay ko ho maski sino ang manalo will not be able to ignore the clamor of many who refused to be silenced." - Maria

did you mean "will not be able to ignore the clamor of the following many journalists who refused to be silenced"?

Alejandro "Bong" Reblando,[3] 53 Manila Bulletin correspondent,[40] a former Associated Press reporter.[41]
Henry Araneta DZRH Correspondent based in General Santos City
Napoleon “Nap” Salaysay DZRO manager.
Bartolome “Bart” Maravilla Bombo Radyo Koronadal, South Cotabato.[3]
Jhoy Dojay Goldstar Daily.[3]
Andy Teodoro Mindanao Examiner & Central Mindanao Inquirer reporter.[3]
Ian Subang Mindanao Focus, a General Santos-based weekly community newspaper.[3]
Leah Dalmacio Mindanao Focus reporter.
Gina Dela Cruz Mindanao Focus reporter.[3]
Maritess Cablitas Mindanao Focus reporter.[3]
Neneng Montano Saksi weekly newspaper reporter.[3]
Victor Nuñez UNTV reporter.[3]
McDelbert "Macmac" Arriola UNTV cameraman.[3]
Jolito Evardo UNTV editor
Daniel Tiamson UNTV driver
Humberto Mumay Koronadal-based journalist.[3]
Rey Merisco Koronadal-based journalist.[3]
Ronnie Perante Koronadal-based journalist.[3]
Jun Legarta Koronadal-based journalist.[3]
Val Cachuela Koronadal-based journalist.[3]
Santos "Jun" Gatchalian Davao-based journalist.
Joel Parcon Freelance journalist.
Noel Decena Freelance journalist.
John Caniba Freelance journalist.
Art Betia Freelance journalist.
Ranie Razon Freelance journalist.
Archie Ace David Freelance "Tambay" journalist.
Fernanado "Ferdz" Mendoza Freelance driver.

could you please share with us what magic or miracle you personally know will transpire after may 10th elections (whichever candidate wins)?


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