Category Archives: Journalist

NUJP STATEMENT: The truth can never be silenced, online and off

The truth can never be silenced, online and off   The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines deplores the blocking by Facebook of the account of our former chairperson, respected journalist and blogger Inday Espina-Varona, at the behest of what are clearly enemies of the right to free expression and of a free press. […]

Who is Nelly Sindayen?

Nelly Sindayen (April 7, 1949 – April 4, 2009) was a journalist. She was best known for her longtime association with Time magazine as a correspondent based in Manila.

What is her connection to Sulu? She was born in Siasi, Sulu to a Christian father and a Muslim mother.

She earned her journalism degree from University of Santo Tomas. She worked for the Manila Bulletin and various news agencies before joining Time magazine in the mid-1970s.She remained with Time until 2007, when illness disabled her from returning to work.

While at Time, Sindayen scored a notable scoop in 1983 concerning the supposed kidnapping of Tommy Manotoc, future son-in-law of President Ferdinand Marcos. Sindayen reported for Time that Manotoc had in fact gone to the Dominican Republic to obtain a quick divorce, then headed to the United States to secretly marry Marcos’s eldest daughter, Imee.

She is also reported on the controversies that hounded President Joseph Estrada, and narrated an eye-witness account on an aborted coup plot against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in February 2006.

She suffered a severe diabetic stroke in June 2007 and died from lingering complications on April 4, 2009, three days before her 60th birthday.


Who is Ben Rodriguez?

Born on September 17, 1923, in Jolo, Sulu, Ben F. Rodriguez spent six decades of his life in the profession of journalism.

An alumnus of Sulu High School, he started his collegiate education at Silliman University, Dumaguete City.

In the middle of his collegiate education, Rodriguez had to stop with the outbreak of World War II. He was conferred the Purple Heart, a United States military award. He subsequently completed his Bachelor of Science and Literature degree, major in journalism, at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in 1949.

After graduating from UST, Rodriguez, popularly known as Mang Ben, started his career in journalism as a cub reporter of the Manila Bulletin. He covered virtually every area – the airport, Customs, weather bureau, police, City Hall, government corporations, the courts, Senate, and Malacañang. He also served as provincial news editor, deskman, and news editor.

In 1972, he assumed the Editor-in-Chief position of Bulletin Today, a position he held up to 1983.

From 1986 to 2004, he served again as Editor-in-Chief of Manila Bulletin until he retired in 2004. His connection with the Manila Bulletin did not end, however, as he continued to serve as a member of the Board of Directors.

Mang Ben was conferred numerous awards, including Outstanding Alumnus in the field of journalism, from the University of Santo Tomas, Silliman Outstanding Alumnus in Journalism, and an honorary Doctorate in Journalism from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila. He served as President of the National Press Club for two terms – 1982-83 and 1983-84.