MANILA - Former national security adviser Rogelio "Roilo" Golez has passed away at 71, his son Parañaque Vice Mayor Rico Golez confirmed Monday.
There were no other immediate details about his death.
He was supposed to give an interview on Manila's maritime row with Beijing over ANC early Monday, but he felt unwell.
Golez was a fierce advocate of the Philippines' rights to the West Philippine Sea.
A graduate of the US Naval Academy, Golez was a former Philippine Navy officer.
After his military stint, he served as postmaster general under then President Ferdinand Marcos. He later withdrew support for the Marcos regime and joined protests that eventually overthrew the dictatorship.
He was a Congress representative of Parañaque for 6 terms from 1992 to 2001.
He served as former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's security adviser from 2001 to 2004.
Golez was also a professor at the Asian Institute of Management and the University of the Philippines-Diliman, where he studied Masters in Business Administration, graduating as class valedictorian.
The late statesman was also an active member of the Philippine Red Cross, Boy Scouts of the Philippines, Rotary International and several health organizations.