Roberto 'Bobby' Romulo, former DFA chief, dies

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 24) — Former Foreign Affairs Secretary Roberto "Bobby" Romulo died on Sunday, Jan. 23, his family said on Monday. He was 83.

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, niece of the former diplomat, confirmed the news.

A mass will be held at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, which may be streamed online via Zoom, according to the Carlos P. Romulo Foundation. It will be hosted by former Ambassador to the United Kingdom Jesus Tambunting.

"In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a charity of your choice," the foundation said.

Romulo began his government service as ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and the Commission of the European Communities in June 1989. He became Foreign Affairs chief in 1992.

Romulo was chairman of AIG Philippines Insurance, Inc, PETNET Inc, MediLink Network, Inc, and Nationwide Development Corporation. He held board memberships in companies such as PLDT, Equicom Savings Bank, Robinsons Retail Holdings Inc, Maxicare Healthcare Corporation, A. Soriano Corporation, and McLarty Associates.

The former top envoy also led other non-profit foundations, including the Foundation for IT Education and Development (FIT-ED), Philippine Foundation for Global Concerns, and Asia-Europe Foundation of the Philippines, and was one of the trustees of the US-Philippines Society.

CNN Philippines' Tristan Nodalo contributed to this report.