“Ling, magiging front page ako. Ayaw mo ba nun?” Manila Bulletin reporter Alejandro “Bong” Reblando’s last words to his wife, Myrna.
Two weeks ago, Bong was at the bank where I work for. We had to catch up on so many things. Bong was his usual bubbly self. He proudly told me that he was recently hired as full-pledged employee of Manila Bulletin. Indeed his hard work and dedication has finally paid off. Bong has his way of getting the news from me – especially regarding the latest goings-on, economy-wise. His questions are so engaging that sometimes I can’t help myself from giving him juicy tidbits here and there. That last banter with my friend also showed the family man in him. He was following up on my support for the candidacy of his daughter. When it comes to his daughter, he’s more of a stage father than a journalist. When he left, I didn’t have any inkling that it would be the last time that I’d pump hands with him. Yesterday, somebody told me that after one of the perpetrators slapped Genalyn Mangudadatu, Bong shielded her with his body. He was immediately shot. In the end, Bong was the perfect gentleman. Rest now, my friend. Justice may come slow but justice will not be denied this time.