CBCP Media’s Melo Acuña dies of Covid-19

CBCP Media’s Melo Acuña dies of Covid-19

Carmelo “Melo” Acuña receives an award from Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, the then archbishop of Manila, and Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Yangon, president of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC), during the 50th anniversary celebration of Radio Veritas Asia and Radio Veritas 846 in Quezon City on April 11, 2019.

By CBCP News

August 27, 2021

Manila, Philippines

Veteran journalist Carmelo “Melo” Acuña passed away Friday after a brief bout with Covid-19. He was 64.

His wife Jhona posted on social media that the journalist died at 2:30 a.m. at the Quezon City General Hospital.

“Please pray for the eternal repose of his soul,” wrote Jhona who posted late Thursday night that Acuña was “in critical condition”.

Acuña and his wife were admitted to the hospital on Aug. 24 after they were infected with the coronavirus disease.

“Please also pray for me that I will have complete healing,” she added.

Acuña has been serving the Media Office of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines since 2008.

Prior to that, he worked for Radio Veritas from 1994 until he later on became its station manager.

While working for the CBCP, he was a correspondent of China Radio International in the Philippines for nearly a decade and had recently written for Asia Pacific Daily.

A native of Alabat, Quezon, he started as a broadcaster for radio stations in Lucena City and Legazpi City where also contributed reports for Manila Bulletin and Reuters.

At the time of his death, Acuña was an accredited broadcast journalist with the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas.

He was also an active member of the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP) and a former board director.

Beyond his work in the CBCP, he hosted weekly media forums where officials and analysts discussed major issues.

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