Crispulo Icban Jr., editor in chief of the Manila Bulletin, will replace the late Press Secretary Cerge M. Remonde in an acting capacity.
Icban is the ninth press secretary under Arroyo.
predecessors were the late Noel Cabrera (whom he
inherited from President Estrada), Rigoberto Tiglao, Silvestre Afable, Ignacio Bunye (who served twice), Hernani Braganza, Milton Alingod, Jesus Dureza, and Remonde
Born in Tondo, Manila, on Aug. 3, 1935, Icban graduated from the University of the Philippines (UP)-Diliman with a bachelor of arts in English, magna cum laude, in 1954.
In his senior year at UP, he served as editor-in-chief of the Philippine Collegian, the university students paper.
Upon graduation, he joined the Manila Times as general assistant in the editorial department, later as reporter covering the Department of Foreign Affairs, and then as editorial writer.
He was subsequently appointed news editor, a position he held until 1972, when the paper was closed down upon declaration of martial law.
In 1957-58, he
took a leave of absence from the Manila Times
, to work for his
master's degree in journalism, under Fulbright and Smith Mundt Grant, at SyracuseUniversity
in New York.
In 1974, Icban joined the Manila Bulletin, as consultant to the publisher and later as news editor.
He became editor-in-chief on Nov. 25, 2003.