Guevarra expresses sadness over Golez passing

Published June 12, 2018, 12:35 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Jeffrey Damicog

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has joined other government officials in expressing their grief over the passing of former security adviser Roilo Golez.

Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra (TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

Golez who was aready 71 years old passed away on Monday after he suffered a heart attack.

“So sad to hear the passing of a true officer and a gentleman,” Guevarra said in a text message.

Acting Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Antonio Carpio has also expressed sadness over the passing of Golez whom he described as a “true patriot.”

“He was an indefatigable defender of the West Philippine Sea (WPS),” Carpio said.

“He embraced lawfare as a peaceful means of asserting our sovereign rights in the WPS,” he added.

The Senate has also expressed their condolences to the family of Golez.

“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.

Golez had been security adviser of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo from 2001 to 2004.

A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Golez was a former officer of the Philippine Navy.

He also served as postmaster general and member of the House of Representatives for several terms until 2001.