FORMER SunStar Cebu reporter Aledel Gonzalez-Cuizon said Olga Marie “GingGing” Aledo Campaña was relentless in her reports about Cebu City Hall disbursing officer Rosalinda Badana’s failure to account for P17 million in cash advances.
Campaña, SunStar Cebu news editor, passed awayThursday morning. She was 46.
As for Badana, she has been a fugitive since 1998.
Cuizon said Campaña pursued all angles of the Badana story, and was awarded for her enterprising attitude.
“She was always grounded, kept a low profile and was silent in her ways,” said Cuizon, who joined SunStar Cebu in 1998.
She said executive editor Michelle So assigned her to join Campaña, Jasmin Ginete and Joseph Tubilan of SuperBalita Cebu to cover the Cebu City Hall beat.
“Their group was formidable. I was just riding on their coattails,” Cuizon said.
Their former colleague, Karen Flores-Garcia, described Campaña as a wonderful seatmate.
“No drama, just work during crunch time. Kugihan kaayo, maikog ta kung duha ra atong balita nya siya kay upat. Lima pa kung magkalisod,” she said.
Former SunStar Cebu news editor Charmaine Janie Rodriquez-Kara could not describe her sadness.
“Kuwang siguro ang usa ka issue sa newspaper para ma-describe nako si Gingging as mentor and friend sulod sa 17 years. Lingaw to siya kakuyog permi. Di mahutdan og storya,” Kara told SuperBalita Cebu. “She was very dedicated sa iyang work. She is big loss to SunStar and the media industry.”
SunStar Cebu’s active reporters, former scribes and journalism interns expressed their gratitude to Campaña’s nurturing attitude.
Justin Vestil said Campaña was an editor who hated mediocrity and was focused on beating the deadline. Johanna Marie Bajenting said the editor was her second mother, often giving hear a hug after a day of tiresome fieldwork.
For Rebelander Basilan, whose features won accolades, Campaña motivated him to look for interesting stories.
“You made me believe in myself. You made me happy. And even after I left the newsroom, you still took the time to let me know how much you loved my work. Your thoughtfulness gave me relief at a time when my heart was filled with nothing but fear,” he wrote on his Facebook page.
Campaña, a mass communication graduate of the University of the Philippines Cebu, joined SunStar Cebu on Nov. 27, 1997. Her first love, though, was radio, writing Cebuano news and feature stories for Bantay Radyo. She also handled the AM radio station’s music slot, playing classic and middle-of-the-road songs.
Campaña suffered a brain hemorrhage indicating aneurysm in the morning of Jan. 11. Yesterday morning, she died surrounded by her husband, two daughters and the rest of her family.