Journalists in the country paid tribute to DZMM Radyo Patrol 37 Edwin Sevidal via twitter. Sevidal passed away due to a COVID-19 infection.
Former ABS-CBN editor and reporter Alcuin Papa recounted his experiences with Sevidal, as he expressed his regrets of not having the chance to say goodbye to his friend.
Paalam E. Di kita makakalimutan. Napaka bait mo. Magaling makisama. Masipag. Hindi mayabang. Ill miss our talks abt shoes (Cole Haan!), prepping, scooters, bicycles, marami pa. Di ako nakapagpaalam sa yo nung umalis na ako sa kumpanya. Sayang. No more pain bro. Sa muli.
— Alcuin Papa (@alcuinpapa) April 22, 2021
GMA anchor and reporter Raffy Tima replied to Papa regarding Sevidal and said that the guy is one of the genuine broadcasters he knew.
Nakikiramay kuyang, isa nga si Kuyang Edwin sa mga pinaka genuine na mamamahayag na nakilala ko.
— Raffy Tima (@raffytima) April 22, 2021
ABS-CBN reporter Jeff Canoy recalled having a conversation with Sevidal over the phone a few days earlier.
He thanked Radyo Patrol 37 for his service to the Filipinos.
Kakatawa lang natin noong isang araw sa telepono.
‘Tas biglang iiwan mo na pala kami at papaiyakin.
Salamat, salamat ‘Dwin sa kabutihan mo at ang serbisyo mo para bayan.
— Jeff Canoy (@jeffcanoy) April 22, 2021
ABS-CBN reporters Jacque Manabat and Chiara Zambrano tweeted a #RP37 with a broken heart emoji for Sevidal, expressing their sympathies.
💔 RP37 pic.twitter.com/3qPSd69vDT
— Jacque Manabat (@jacquemanabat) April 22, 2021
— Chiara Zambrano (@chiarazambrano) April 22, 2021
Reporter Kevin Manalo recounted his fondest memories of Sevidal, he saw the broadcaster as a father-like figure in the newsroom.
I only have fondest memories with #RP37 Edwin Sevidal.
He was fatherlike to me in the newsroom. He was part of the panel who gave me a chance to be a reporter. I wasn‘t able to bid him farewell because of covid.
Truly, a huge loss to ABSCBN News.
You will be missed, sir!
— Kevin Manalo (@kevinmanalo_) April 22, 2021
Reporter Jervis Manahan recounted how Sevidal would always remind him to go home, noting how he truly cared for his colleagues.
💔 another colleague passed away today.
Everytime he sees me doing overtime work at the newsroom, sinasabihan niya akong "umuwi ka na!", one of the people who truly cared. RIP Sir.
— Jervis Manahan (@JervisManahan) April 22, 2021
Former editorial associate at ABS-CBN News Kim Fajardo recalled how Sevidal pushed him and helped him with his career as a reporter.
He thanked the broadcaster and bid the Radyo patroller ‘goodbye.’
Si #RP37 Edwin Sevidal ang nagpush sa akin na magreport ng LIVE mula sa PyeongChang Winter Games last 2018. Siya din yung nagsabi sa akin na mag-report din ako sa Tandem noong nasa Tokyo ako last 2019. Hindi madamot si Sir 37. Paalam at maraming salamat 🙁
— Kim Fajardo (@KimmyPatrol) April 22, 2021
Sevidal was known as a Radyo Patroller for DZMM and a broadcast journalist for 26 years since 1995.
Napakabuti nyo pong tao Sir Edwin Sevidal. Rest in peace, #RP37 💔🙏🏻
— Edson (@EdsonCGuido) April 22, 2021
Isa ka sa mga taong laging nangangamusta kapag nakikita mo ako sa newsroom. Lagi mo pang ginagaya ang extro ko para mang-asar, sir.
— Bianca Dava 🐈⬛😺🐈 (@biancadava) April 22, 2021
— jeck batallones (@jeck_batallones) April 22, 2021
Nakaka-miss ang mga joke ni @EdSevidalDZMM at ang mga kantyaw na palibre ng lunch. Andito pa nga yung jacket niya, pati pang-kape, panghugas ng plato at pang-meryenda.
— Rachel Hermosura 🏳️🌈❤️💚💙 (@chasingrach) April 23, 2021
Then, he became the ABS-CBN’s Head of Radio News Gathering in 2015. He was also the Asia Pacific News Bureau Chief, and along with the Asia news correspondents, they delivered news from the region to Filipinos.