Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said in a statement that he is together with “the women and men of DFA in mourning the passing of former National Security Adviser and Congressman Roilo Golez, a patriot and a true son of the Motherland.”
“We remember Secretary Golez for his tireless dedication to flag and country. He made a name for himself as a cadet and brigade boxing champion at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis where he earned his Mathematics and Operations Analysis degree and later as an officer in the Philippine Navy. He was also valedictorian of his postgraduate business administration class at the University of the Philippines,” Secretary Cayetano said.
“We remember how way before the information communication revolution, Secretary Golez revolutionized the postal service when, as one of the youngest Postmasters General in history, he connected more Filipinos together by spearheading “Project Mercury,” that made sure letters are delivered in Metro Manila and key cities within 24 hours,” he added.
He also recognized the efforts of Golez in keeping the Philippines and Filipino safe as National Security Adviser under the administration of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
Cayetano said Golez oversaw the counterterrorism and national security program in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks in the United States and in response to internal security threats.
“We remember Secretary Golez for the game-changing legislator that he was when as the elected Representative of Parañaque for 18 years, he authored such laws as the Climate Change Act (Republic Act No. 9729), the Philippine Act on Crimes Against International Humanitarian Law, Genocide, and Other Crimes Against Humanity (Republic Act No. 9851), and the Philippine Coast Guard Law (Republic Act No. 9993),” Secretary Cayetano said.
“Roilo Golez will be missed but he will never be forgotten,” he said.