Sen. Loren Legarda pays tribute to former co-anchor Harry GasserApril 4, 2014
Senator Loren Legarda on Friday expressed her grief over the death of her former co-anchor Harry Gasser.
The veteran broadcaster passed away Thursday morning after suffering a stroke last week. He was 76.
“I extend my sympathies to Harry’s family, to his wife Flora and their children. I am deeply saddened by his passing,” Legarda said in a statement.
“Harry was very professional. He was kind, a gentleman and a credible person,” she recalled.
Legarda co-anchored the evening news program “Newswatch” with Gasser on RPN-9 in 1981 when she was only 21. “Harry was RPN-9’s main primetime anchor on domestic satellite and ‘Newswatch’ was the highest rated and the most watched news program at that time,” she noted.
“Harry was the face of ‘Newswatch’, but more than that, he was an icon in Philippine broadcast media. He was a well-respected news anchor and he was a proud Cebuano. Harry will surely be missed,” Legarda added.
The senator lamented that two of her esteemed former colleagues had now passed on in the last two years.
“I am sad that after Angelo Castro, Jr., now it is Harry. My two co-anchors, two of the most respected and great broadcasters in the country, are gone in a span of two years,” said Legarda.
She co-anchored ABS-CBN’s “The World Tonight” with Castro in the late 1980s and early 1990s.