MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Former national security adviser Roilo Golez died Monday, June 11. He was 71.
Golez was also congressman, representing the 2nd District of Parañaque City from 2004 to 2013.
ANC reported that Golez was supposed to appear on an interview on Headstart early Monday morning, but he had to be rushed to the hospital because of vomiting. The interview never happened.
His younger brother Ferdinand, former flag officer in command of the Philippine Navy, confirmed to Rappler that Golez's death was caused by an apparent heart attack. "It is apparent, the doctors could not confirm the cause....sadly he was not revived since he passed out at Rockwell" where the interview was supposed to take place.
ANC also said Golez's death was confirmed by his son, Parañaque City Vice Mayor Jose Enrico Golez.
Golez was born on January 9, 1947 in Looc, Romblon.
He went on to study at the Philippine Military Academy before going to the United States Naval Academy where he majored in mathematics and operational analysis. Back in the country, Golez earned a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of the Philippines.
Golez was a former navy officer before serving as postmaster general under the Marcos administration from 1981 to 1986. (READ: Roilo Golez: Defender of the West Philippine Sea)
He then became the representative of Parañaque City – back when it only had one legislative district – for 6 terms from 1992 to 2001. In 2004, he was elected representative of the city's 2nd District.
In between his stints at the House of Representatives, Golez served as the national security adviser under the Arroyo administration from 2001 to 2004. (READ: 'Sailor, patriot, public servant': Lawmakers, officials mourn Roilo Golez) – Rappler.com