Alberto Romulo

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Alberto Romulo
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Romulo in 2010
23rd Secretary of Foreign Affairs
In office
August 23, 2004 – February 25, 2011
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
Benigno Aquino III
Preceded by Delia Albert
Succeeded by Albert del Rosario
34th Executive Secretary of the Philippines
In office
June 2001 – August 2004
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
Preceded by Renato de Villa
Succeeded by Eduardo Ermita
26th Secretary of Finance
In office
January 2001 – June 2001
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
Preceded by Jose Pardo
Succeeded by Jose Isidro Camacho
Majority Floor Leader of the Senate of the Philippines
In office
President Corazon Aquino
Fidel V. Ramos
Preceded by Teofisto Guingona, Jr.
Succeeded by Francisco Tatad
Senator of the Philippines
In office
June 30, 1987 – June 30, 1998
3rd Secretary of Budget and Management
In office
February 25, 1986 – March 13, 1987
Preceded by Guillermo Carague
Succeeded by Manuel Alba
Mambabatas Pambansa (Assemblyman) from Quezon City
In office
June 30, 1984 – March 25, 1986
Serving with Ismael Mathay, Jr., Orlando Mercado, and Cecilia Muñoz-Palma
Personal details
Born (1933-08-07) August 7, 1933 (age 85)
Camiling, Tarlac, Philippine Islands
Political party Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino
Spouse(s) Rosie Lovely Tecson-Romulo
Children 5 (incl. Roman and Bernadette)
Alma mater
Profession Lawyer
Website Secretary of Foreign Affairs

Alberto Gatmaitan Rómulo (born August 7, 1933) is a Filipino politician and diplomat. He served in the Philippine in various capacities as Executive Secretary, Finance Secretary, Foreign Affairs Secretary, and Budget Secretary. His most recent stint is his leadership of the Department of Foreign Affairs[1] before and during the early period of the administration of President Benigno Aquino III.

Rómulo was born in Camiling, Tarlac from Pangasinan and Tagalog parents.[2] He was then elected as member of the Regular Batasang Pambansa representing Quezon City in 1984. He then joined government service as the interim Minister of the Budget of President Corazon Aquino during the transition period following the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution. He was a senator from 1987 to 1998, during which time he served as Majority Leader for five years. As Majority Leader, he greatly helped then Senate President Neptali Gonzales, Sr. in running the plenary sessions of the Senate and in executing its legislative mill.[3]

He became Finance Secretary in January 2001, having been appointed when President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo took office and formed her own cabinet. He left this position in May 2001; Romulo was later appointed as an Executive Secretary.[4] On August 18, 2004, he was appointed Foreign Secretary,[4] and which he would hold until February 25, 2011, under President Aquino.[5] He served as Chairman of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN in 2007.[6]

In March 2017, Romulo was appointed chairman and director of the board of the Development Bank of the Philippines. [7]


  1. ^ Medalia, Jonathan. Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty: Background and Current Developments. DIANE Publishing. pp. 13–. ISBN 978-1-4379-2746-7. Retrieved July 4, 2011.
  2. ^ Juaniyo Y. Arcellana (July 25, 2010). "A foreign secretary for all seasons". The Philippine Star. Retrieved July 11, 2011.
  3. ^ Ron Gagalac and Maricar Bautista (September 23, 2009). "Palace: No loyalty check of Cabinet members". ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs. Retrieved July 11, 2011.
  4. ^ a b Genalyn Kabiling (June 28, 2010). "Palace happy Romulo is keeping DFA post". Manila Bulletin. Archived from the original on July 3, 2010. Retrieved July 11, 2011.
  5. ^ Pia Lee-Brago (February 24, 2011). "Romulo hosts lunch for Del Rosario, but no turnover yet". The Philippine Star. Retrieved July 11, 2011.
  6. ^ Christine Ong (July 29, 2007). "China's influence over ASEAN likely to grow with Rice's absence". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved July 11, 2011.
  7. ^ "Ex-Sen. Romulo takes oath as DBP chairman". Manila Bulletin. 5 March 2017. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
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