Eric Tupaz

TACLOBAN CITY- Tributes have poured in for broadcast journalist Eric Tupaz who died in a fatal car crash over the weekend.
Initial police investigation showed that Tupaz, 46, was driving his white-colored Hyundai Eon car towards his residence when he lost control of the vehicle upon reaching the curve area at Barangay Arado in Palo around 4:40 p.m. Saturday (April 27).
He accidentally bumped the road traffic sign which resulted his car to flip to the side and subsequently hit the electric post.
The injuries he sufferred from the hard impact led to his instant death.
“Eric had a big contribution to the broadcast industry in providing timely and relevant information to the public,” said Tacloban newspaper publisher and broadcaster Fred Padernos.
“Rest in peace broadcaster Eric. Your fellows in the media will truly miss you,” added Padernos.
His media colleagues condoled with the bereaved family.
“We had lots of happy moments during our time at DyVL especially when we were recording our news,” Roel Amazona of this paper,said.
Amazona was a former reporter of DyVL like Tupaz.
Tupaz worked with Tacloban-based radio stations such as DyVL-Aksyon Radyo of Manila Broadcasting Corporation, DyDW-Radyo Diwa, and Lamrag Radio of the Aliw Broadcasting Corporation. He also published a weekly newspaper.
Tupaz, a native of Dulag, Leyte, was the board president of Don Orestes Romualdez Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Dorelco) in Tolosa.
His family also clarified that no amount of alcohol was found in his body when the accident took place based from a doctor’s statement.
Tupaz was survived by his wife Irene and two children. (RONALD O. REYES)