WHILE I was a reporter of the Philippine Daily Inquirer sometime in 1989, I co-wrote a story, “Wasted Marcos Millions,” with my late colleague Roy De Guzman when my attention was called by Mr. Rosauro “Roy” Acosta.
Roy, who was PDI’s managing editor at the time, wondered about my choice of words in our article.
“Why labyrinth of plunder? Why not just maze, or complex or intricate maze of plunder?” he asked as he wants to know from our story how the Presidential Commission on Good Government has also become a corrupt agency itself as it locates and recovers the hidden wealth of the family of dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
Roy mangled my prose. But he earned my earned my respect that day as a consummate wordsmith. While some colleagues described him as “tough” and “acerbic,” I will always remember him as a fair-minded editor’s editor.
Roy passed away last Aug. 4 due to a lingering illness while confined at the Philippine Heart Center. I will be praying for my former boss as his mortal remains are memorialized in Manila today Aug. 8, 2017.