WITH FOND MEMORIES
We mourn the passing away on February 15, 2022 of Brod Ricardo "Dong" V. Puno, Jr. 65B, a true gentleman, distinguished lawyer, law professor, an astute corporate, media and government executive, presidential press secretary to two Philippine presidents, and a principled broadcast journalist and newspaper columnist who tackled controversial public affairs issues with depth in coverage, greater accuracy and impartiality; beloved by his family and friends, respected and admired by his colleagues in media and government, endeared by his readership and wide TV and radio audience; and, a true Aquilan who exemplified the precepts of the Aquila Legis Fraternity with selflessness and dedication.
We pray that God blesses you with eternal peace, Brod Dong , and be with you always.
"Aquila Legis, as we go through the years, we'll share with you . . . our joys and our tears."
-Aquila Legis Fraternity Anthem
AQUILA LEGIS FRATERNITY
On-site Heritage Memorial Park, C-5/Bayani Road, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City 1630
Date: February 17, 2022
Time: 7:00PM (Manila time)
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Meeting ID: 827 2811 6924
Robert "Bobby" Tobia 65B
Jose "Jimmie" Policarpio 69A
Ignacio "Toting" Bunye 65A
Efren Carag 65A
Silvestre "Bebot" Bello III 67A
Bienvenido "Benny" Laguesma 71B
Chairman: Jose Lorenzo "Hanso" Angeles 20B
Co-Chairman: Kyle Isaguirre 20A
BROD RICARDO "DONG" V. PUNO, JR. 65B
Brod Dong Puno obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree with cum laude honors from the Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, in 1965. Thereafter, he enrolled in the Ateneo de Manila University College of Law in Padre Faura, Manila where he joined the distinguished Aquila Legis Fraternity and later graduated with cum laude honors as salutatorian of the Class of 1969. He went on to obtain his Master of Laws degree from the Harvard Law School.
He began his law practice as an associate to two law offices consecutively and became a member of the Philippine Panel for International Air Negotiations and later was Vice President-General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Philippine Airlines after which he founded the Puno and Puno Law Office with his late father, Ricardo C. Puno, Sr., who was himself a legal luminary and educator who was formerly Court of First Instance Judge, Court of Appeals Justice, Batasang Pambansa Assemblyman and Justice Minister. He was a law professor at the Ateneo de Manila University College of Law like his father, and was President of the Guagua National Colleges in Pampanga.
It was his penchant for discourse in the issues and events of public affairs which found him a place in print, radio and TV broadcast media. He wrote articles for his column, “My Viewpoint,” initially for The Philippine Star and then for The Manila Times and became President of the Manila Overseas Press Club.
His career in public affairs broadcast journalism as TV anchor spanned almost thirty years which included TV shows such as “Viewpoint” (1984–1994; GMA), “Business Today” (1990–1994; GMA), “Dong Puno Live” (1995–2000; ABS-CBN), “Dong Puno Tonight” (2003; ABS-CBN), “Insider” (2005–2006; ABS-CBN), “Viewpoints” (2006–2007; ANC), “Kalibre 41” (2011; AksyonTV "now ONE PH"), “News5 Debates: Hamon sa Pagbabago” (2011–2013; TV5 and AksyonTV "now ONE PH") and “Dong Puno De Kalibre” (2011–2013; AksyonTV "now ONE PH"). He also hosted the radio show, “Karambola” (2014; DWIZ).
His exceptional journalistic achievements in TV broadcasting garnered for him several awards and citations, among them being the “Ten Outstanding Young Men for Media” (TOYM), the Kapisanan ng Broadcaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) Dove Awards, Ka Doroy Achievement Award, the Best Public Affairs Show. His program, “Viewpoint,” won the Catholic Mass Media Awards as Best Public Affairs Programs for three consecutive years (1984, 1985 and 1986) and was elevated to the Hall of Fame. His television shows (Dong Puno Live, Viewpoint & Focus) also received recognition from the Gawad CCP Para sa Telebisyon and PMPC Star Awards for Television.
He was Senior Vice President for News and Current Affairs of the ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation and Executive Vice President of the ABS-CBN News Channel until he was appointed to the cabinet position of Press Secretary to both President Joseph Estrada and President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
He was the eldest of twelve Puno children, among them being Ronaldo “Ronnie” Puno who was former Secretary of Interior and Local Governments, Regis V. Puno who was former Undersecretary the Department of Justice and Roberto “Robbie” Puno who was former Congressman of First District of Antipolo.
He is survived by wife, Clodelsa del Castillo, sister of Brod Rolando “Dondon” del Castillo 64A, sons Ricardo “Ricky” C. Puno III and Rolando “Donnie” C. Puno, and grandchildren Tana, Sandro and Santi.
May you Rest In Peace Boss Dong!! You were my Boss, mentor and idol when I was working with you as your writer and researcher in the public affairs show in the 80s, my job before I entered law school.
You became my model fraternity Boss when I joined Aquila. You will be sorrily missed Boss Dong.
-German “Beetle” Lichauco II 89A
We join our Brother Aquilans in prayer for the eternal repose of the soul of our Brod Dong Puno 65B with our Lord Jesus Christ; and, extend deepest condolences to the Puno family and sympathies to his brother, Renato “Rene” V. Puno who was my classmate at the Ateneo de Manila University College of Law, then located at Salcedo Village, Makati City.
-Elmer Resurreccion 77A
Profound sympathies and prayers for wife and family of a great much beloved Brod.
-Enrico “Rico Arteficio 78A
Condolences and prayers to the family.
-Walfrido “Pedong” Guerzon 59
Rest In Peace, Boss. We will treasure our being in your company especially our Philippine Airlines days where you’re our top honcho! God bless!
-Edgardo “Ed” Curbita 83
To the bereaved family of Brod Dong Puno 65B,
Please accept my sincere condolence on the demise of our Brod Dong Puno 65B.
He will be missed.
May he rest in peace for all eternity with the Almighty.
-Danilo “Dan” Aviado 63B
RIP, Brod Dong Puno
-Guido Castellanes 64A
Rest in peace, Brod Dong Puno
-Arnel Glorioso 78A
Rest in peace, Brod Dong Puno
-William “Willie” Chan 64B
Rest in peace, Brod Dong Puno
-Rogelio “Roger” Ong 77A
May you Rest in the Peace of Christ, Brod Dong.
Our sincerest condolences and prayers to the bereaved family.
-Antonio “Tony” Rosales 68B