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(2nd update 4:51 p.m.) The death of veteran broadcast journalist Angelo Castro marks the "end of an era of gentlemanly broadcasting."
This sentiment was expressed by Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda on Thursday, hours after it was announced that Castro, who anchored ABS-CBN's "The World Tonight", succumbed to cancer.
"His passing marks the closing of an era of gentlemanly broadcasting, where erudition and dignity were the hallmarks of news and current affairs,” Lacierda said.
Earlier, Malacanang expressed its condolences to the family, friends, and co-workers of the veteran broadcast journalist.
Castro's death was a sad day for the Palace, Lacierda said.
"We mourn the passing of Angelo Castro Jr. For many years he was a calm and reassuring presence in the late evening news," he said via Twitter.
Meanwhile, Manuel Quezon III of Malacañang's Communications Department was also saddened by Castro’s death.
"A generation has signed off with the passing of Angelo Castro Jr." He said. "He made Old School perennially cool with his baritone brand of sober news."
ABS-CBN expresses condolences
Castro's home network said that it is "thankful for his contributions to media and many years of service as its news anchor for "The World Tonight." We enjoin the public in praying for the eternal repose of his soul," said the statement that was released Bong R. Osorio, ABS-CBN's Corporate Communication head.
Ging Reyes, head of ABS-CBN’s news and current affairs department and ABS-CBN News Channel’s managing director, said that Castro “was our leader in the pioneering years of ABS-CBN News.”
“To those of us who knew him well, Angelo was also an effective taskmaster, a creative thinker, and an innovator,” Reyes said in a message she posted on Facebook. “He created TV Patrol—he was the program's first producer and director when in launched in 1987.”
Reyes’ statement added: “In later years, we would turn to him for advice, a few drinks and a good laugh. Even after he fell ill, Angelo never lost his sense of humor, nor his passion for broadcast journalism—giving critiques, calling attention to a missing detail or the occasional bad lighting.”