Maximo V. Soliven, a well-known publisher of Philippine Star, a leading daily in the country, died on Friday morning at a hospital in Tokyo, Japan, reports here said.
GMA Network's "Flash Report" said that Soliven was 73 years old at the time of his death. A separate report of Inquirer news network also confirmed the news after a contact with one of the publication's editors who had requested anonymity. But the editor refused to give further details.
In an earlier interview with radio station dzBB, Marichu Villanueva, Philippine Star news editor, made a similar confirmation. Villanueva was quoted as saying that Philippine Ambassador to Japan Domingo Siazon was with Soliven in the hospital before he died.
Soliven was born in 1933. In 1951, Soliven received his Ph.D from Harvard University in International Studies, with former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger as one of his teachers.
He became a career news columnist, publisher and editor in his twenties. Spending more than twelve years as a foreign correspondent, Soliven has traveled to many places around the world since 1960s.
In 1972, Soliven was one of the two most influential columnists at The Manila Times, when the late Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law and put him into custody for three months over his criticism against the government.
Soliven, together with the late Betty Go-Belmonte, in 1986 established the conservative newspaper Philippine Star, which currently ranks second in the Philippines in readership and circulation. Since then, he had been writing influential columns on political, social and international affairs.