Broadcaster succumbs to COVID

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Veteran radio broadcaster Rey Carmona died past midnight Nov. 15 after battling COVID infection for 13 days in a hospital.

Carmona, 63, died of acute respiratory pneumonia. He was unvaccinated.

His wife, Suanie, said his remains were cremated this afternoon and his ashes brought to their house at Charito Heights, in Barangay Granada, Bacolod City, pending future plans for inurnment.

Carmona was handling a news and commentary program over RPN DYKB every Saturday and Sunday, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. He spent more than 30 years in the broadcast industry in Bacolod and worked with radio networks, such as Bombo, DYEZ, Radio Veritas, and RPN.

Radio veteran Ray Carmona

Suanie said he started complaining of sore throat and loss of appetite Oct. 30. A friend, who is a doctor, told him to buy medicines for allergies and to help stimulate his appetite. On Nov. 2, he started feeling weak so he was convinced to get admitted at the Bacolod Our Lady of Mercy Hospital. He was found positive for COVID Nov. 3 and was placed on isolation.

Because of the virus, his hypertension and diabetes shoot up, and he needed to undergo dialysis before he was given Remdesivir as medicine against COVID. His creatinine continued to drop that made it difficult for him to fight the coronavirus.

Carmona is survived by his wife and their 18-year-old daughter.

The Negros Press Club extended its deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. — MML

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