Senators pay tribute to Golez

Published June 11, 2018, 5:27 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Vanne Elaine Terrazola

Senators paid tribute to former Congressman Roilo Golez, whom they consider a friend, a patriot, and “lover” of the people.

The senators pause for a photo before the opening of the second regular session of the 17th Congress at the Senate yesterday. Seated, from left, are: Senators Cynthia Villar, Nancy Binay, Franklin Drilon, Ralph Recto, Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, Vicente Sotto, Loren Legarda, Grace Poe, Risa Hontiveros, (standing) Richard Gordon, Miguel Zubiri, Panfilo Lacson, Gringo Honasan, Edgardo Angara Jr., JV Ejercito, Emmanuel Pacquiao, (third row) Joel Villanueva, Benigno ‘Bam’ Aquino, Francis Escudero, and Sherwin Gatchalian. (Ali Vicoy | Manila Bulletin)
The senators pause for a photo before the opening of the second regular session of the 17th Congress at the Senate yesterday. Seated, from left, are: Senators Cynthia Villar, Nancy Binay, Franklin Drilon, Ralph Recto, Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, Vicente Sotto, Loren Legarda, Grace Poe, Risa Hontiveros, (standing) Richard Gordon, Miguel Zubiri, Panfilo Lacson, Gringo Honasan, Edgardo Angara Jr., JV Ejercito, Emmanuel Pacquiao, (third row) Joel Villanueva, Benigno ‘Bam’ Aquino, Francis Escudero, and Sherwin Gatchalian. (Ali Vicoy | Manila Bulletin)

Golez, former lawmaker and national security adviser, died from heart attack Monday. He was 71.

“His courage, knowledge and wisdom will be deeply missed. He was the soldier and a gentleman to the hilt. A man of arms who worked for peace,” Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri said in a statement.

Zubiri described the late stateman’s knowledge on maritime issues as “beyond question,” having served as navy man in the country’s armed forces.

Zubiri also recalled Golez’ humility despite his expertise in diplomacy.

“Although he towered in the security and diplomatic circles, he was a lover of the common tao (people). His day was not complete without walking among the masa (public) in Parañaque and praying in Baclaran Church. He walked, shopped, dined, prayed and consoled the common man every day,” he said.

“We lost a great lawmaker, local government executive, a soldier and a friend,” he noted.

Sen. Nancy Binay, meanwhile, thanked Golez for his service in government, particularly his advocacy in national security.

“Rep. Golez was a voice of reason and conscience, a patriot who was vocal in various national security issues and concerns. His analyses of issues and words of advice will be missed,” she said.

“We thank him for his long and selfless service to the nation, starting as a Philippine Navy officer and continuing as postmaster general, governor of the Philippine Red Cross, and national security adviser, among others,” she added.

Sen. Joel Villanueva, meanwhile, took to Twitter his mourning on Golez’ death.

“Shocking to hear the sudden passing of Manong/Cong. Roilo Golez. He was a mentor and a great friend,” he posted.

“Condolences to his family and loved ones especially [Parañaque] Vice Mayor Rico Golez. You will be missed Manong Roy,” he added.

Sen. Paolo “Bam” Aquino also on Twitter expressed his “sincerest condolences and prayers” to Golez’ family.

 
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