Remembering Rino Arcones


Today marks the 24th death anniversary of Bombo Rino Arcones.
The hard-hitting Arcones was shot dead by the Sparrow Unit of the New People’s Army in front of his rented apartment on Democracia St., Jaro district just as he finished washing and cleaning his car.
Arcones waged a courageous crusade against corruption. He was also a staunch anti-communist, which was why he was targeted by the NPA.
Rino and I were close friends. I was then editor-in-chief of The Daily Times. We often did big exposes together. It was a one-two punch combination that shook the community and drove the issues to the core.
As an anchorman, Rino was hardworking. He dug for stories himself. He conducted interviews and compiled documents. When he broadcast his exposes, everything flowed in a well-scripted commentary, logical in sequence.
A lot of local broadcast anchors have tried to mold themselves in the shape of Rino Arcones. However, I haven’t seen anyone come close to being one.

About Manuel "Boy" Mejorada
Manuel "Boy" Mejorada is a journalist and social media activist. A former Iloilo provincial administrator, he is now waging a crusade against corruption and narco-politics.

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