Ricardo Puno Jr., who served as Press secretary during the time of President Estrada, died recently due to natural causes. He was 76.
An alumnus of the Ateneo de Manila, Puno taught Western history college classes in the Loyola Heights campus more than 50 years ago.
Puno was the son of Ricardo Puno Sr. who served as Marcos’ Justice minister in the 1980s.
During his prime, Puno, who became immensely popular due to his fluency in English (via the so-called “Arrrneow” accent), worked for the GMA and ABS-CBN television networks, before he was invited to join the Cabinet in 2002 by his fellow Atenean, Mr. Estrada.
He ran for congressman in the lone district of Muntinlupa in 2007 and 2010, but was unsuccessful on both tries.
Reports said Puno during his later years was a frequent visitor to the hospital. He succumbed due to complications arising from Parkinson’s disease.