New York – Philippine politician Roilo Golez, known for his steadfast defense of the West Philippine Sea from China’s intrusions, passed away on June 11, 2018 in an apparent heart attack. He served as National security adviser and Paranaque congressman for six terms, from 1992 to 2010. He was 71.
The US Pinoys for Good Governance, a political organization here closely allied with Golez, paid its high respect to him for his patriotic services in a public statement. Penned by Washington DC coordinator Eric Lachica. Golez worked actively with USPGG in the West Philippine Sea campaign that was ruled favorably to the Philippines by the UN Arbitral Tribunal.
“We are deeply saddened by the news that our friend, former National Security Adviser and Cong. Roilo Golez passed away suddenly today. We extend our deepest condolences to his bereaved family and loved ones.
Sec. Golez was with us in our marches and peaceful protests against China’s illegal intrusions in the West Philippine Sea. He was a patriot till the end. Salamat po, sa inyong serbisyo para sa Inang Bayang Pilipinas.Ipagpapatuloy namin ang inyong pinanindigan: The West Philippine Sea belongs to Filipinos, forever.”
Lachica further wrote: “Roilo, we will miss your daily inspirational and fearless internet postings. We hope you will wear your scuffed cowboy boots on your last engagement. We fondly remember your first name that honors the humble beginnings of your parents from Romblon and Iloilo.”