Former Foreign Affairs Secretary Roberto “Bobby” Romulo has passed away at the age of 83.
In a statement posted on its website, the Carlos P. Romulo Foundation confirmed that Romulo died on Jan. 23, Sunday. It did not disclose the cause of his death.
The foundation, named after Romulo’s father, said the schedule of mass and novena prayers will be announced soon.
“In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a charity of your choice,” the foundation said.
It said that those who would like to pay tribute to the late Cabinet member are encouraged to send their written or video messages to the foundation’s email.
“Also, we’d love to share with others your tributes and messages of sympathy. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like us to post your written or video messages,” the foundation added.
Romulo, who was born on Dec. 9, 1938, began his professional career with IBM Corporation in New York City in 1965, where he held various marketing and management positions in New York, in Thailand as managing director, and in the Philippines as President and GM.
He was appointed Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Commission of the European Communities in June 1989.
In 1992, he was appointed Secretary of Foreign Affairs. As a diplomat, he has been decorated by the governments of Belgium, Thailand, Spain, Chile, France, and the Philippines.