The former head of the Movie and TV Review and Classification Board, Manuel “Manoling” Morato, passed away yesterday. He was 87.
According to his grandnephew, actor Jake Cuenca, Morato was hospitalized less than a week before he passed away.
“It was so fast—a matter of a week. It took us all by surprise because he usually overcomes challenges,” Cuenca told ABS-CBN News.
Morato hosted a weekly talk show, Dial M, with former actress Maggie dela Riva.
In 1992, he ran for senator but lost. He lost to Joseph Estrada in his 1998 presidential bid, after which he made another unsuccessful senatorial run in the 2001 elections.
In 2004, he was appointed as board director of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes by then President Gloria Arroyo.
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