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Claro Cortes, former AP Manila reporter, dies

Claro Cortes, former AP Manila reporter, dies

Former Associated Press reporter Claro Cortes III has died from complications following a stroke. He was 49.
Cortes, who died Sunday, covered several major stories during his 12 years with the AP, including the "people power" revolt that toppled dictator Ferdinand Marcos and a string of failed coup attempts against Corazon Aquino, who succeeded Marcos.
Cortes began his career at the Manila bureau of the United Press International (UPI) in the early '80s and joined The Associated Press in 1987, where he remained until poor health forced him to leave in 1999. He also had a stint as the head of the secretariat of the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines but resigned after he suffered a stroke in early 2008.
AP colleague Oliver Teves said soft-spoken Cortes was known for his generosity and patience. During a rally of left-wing farmers in 1987, he was photographed helping to carry to safety demonstrators who had been shot by security forces near the presidential palace in Manila.
He was intrepid in his reporting: In July 1990, Cortes scrambled over roads blocked by landslides to report on a devastating earthquake in northern Baguio city, and the following year was among a group of journalists who narrowly escaped a giant pyroclastic cloud when Mount Pinatubo erupted.
Cortes leaves his wife, Agnes, and two children.


Updated : 2021-08-05 13:00 GMT+08:00