Isagani M. Yambot, 77

Posted on March 05, 2012

VETERAN JOURNALIST and Philippine Daily Inquirer publisher Isagani M. Yambot, Sr. passed away Friday night.

Mr. Yambot, 77, became publisher of the Inquirer in 1994.

His son, Isagani Yambot, Jr. confirmed the passing. The younger Yambot said his father succumbed to a heart attack at around 3:30 p.m. Friday, just two weeks after he underwent heart bypass surgery at the Medical City.

He was already discharged from the hospital when he suffered cardiac arrest, Mr. Yambot, Jr. said.

Family members are still discussing details of interment, he added.

He is survived by his wife Mildred and six children.

Mr. Yambot began his journalism career in 1953 as a deskman for the Manila Times, his son confirmed. He then became an editor for the United Press International before he joined the Times Journal as managing editor in 1983 to 1985.

In 1989, he transferred to Malaya as managing editor. He later moved to the Inquirer in 1989 as executive editor. He was made publisher in February 1994.

"My father had a sense of humor. He was a good provider to his family. He was very passionate and dedicated to his craft and work. He had high hopes for journalism," Mr. Yambot, Jr. said.

"It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our publisher Isagani Yambot. Gani, as he was fondly called, was instrumental in the success of the Inquirer. We are very grateful to all of his contributions and we applaud his passion and commitment to his work. We request that you join us in prayer for the eternal repose of his soul," the Inquirer said in a statement.

For its part, Malacañang also expressed condolences to the family of Mr. Yambot.

"We believe it is no exaggeration to say the entire fourth estate wished Isagani Yambot well, as he underwent cardiac bypass surgery. It has come as a profound shock to hear his bereaved family announce his passing. He writes 30 at a time when the newspaper he had worked with for so long, was enjoying unparalleled public trust and popularity," Deputy Presidential Spokesman Abigail F. Valte said in a statement over the weekend. -- Noemi M. Gonzales