DAVAO CITY-BASED VETERAN newsman Renato “Rene” E. Bartolo has died of massive stroke associated with diabetes in Digos City Friday, August 16, 2014.
A hardhitting writer, broadcaster, poet and award-winning columnist, Bartolo was city press secretary of Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte in the early 2000s.
He was announcer and newswriter of the defunct DXMT of the old Manila Times Broadcasting Company while he taught language and communication in college. He later wrote for the Ministry of Public Information (MPI), forerunner of the Philippine Information Agency. He became Mindanao regional bureau chief of the revived Manila Times. He was a columnist of Sun.Star Davao and the Mindanao Times and publisher editor of Pulso.
Born in Igbaras, Iloilo, on April 30, 1946, Bartolo completed college education in the University of San Agustin (USA) in Iloilo City where he served as acolyte of the iconic Jaime Cardinal Sin.
He wrote Ricochet, an enlightening daily column, for which he was consistent winner of the defunct Davao Catholic Mass Media Awards and a hall-of-fame winner of an international writing awards advocating population management and child survival.
Rene is survived by wife Jane (nee Salazar), children Renato “Renjie” S. Bartolo Jr., Ma. Theresa B. Gelig and
Janette B. Doblas; in-laws Mary Ann, Tyrovani Gelig and Eli Manuel Doblas; grandchildren Renjie Daniel and Gabriel Alexander Bartolo, Trisha Jane and Alyssa Marie Gelig; and Zachary Doblas.
Rene’s remains was cremated August 18; his ashes will rest at the columbarium of the Manila Memorial Park in Maa, Davao City. EDGE-davao