Benjamin Romualdez, Filipino politician and diplomat, Governor of Leyte (1967–1986), brother of Imelda Marcos, died from cancer he was 81
|First Lady Imelda Marcos|
Benjamin Trinidad “Kokoy” Romualdez was a Filipino politician who served as Governor of Leyte and later appointed as ambassador to the United States, China and Saudi Arabia died from cancer he was 81.
He was a younger brother to former First Lady Imelda Marcos and the father of Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez.
The son of the late Vicente Orestes Romualdez, a former dean of the law school of St. Paul’s College in Tacloban City, Kokoy Romualdez began his career in politics after serving as an assistant of then Speaker Daniel Romualdez from 1957 to 1961. He was a younger brother to former First Lady Imelda Marcos
and the father of Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez. He was married to
Juliette Gomez and children, Daniel, a practicing architect in New York,
and partner Michael; Benjamin Philip, president and chief executive
officer of Benguet Corp., who is married to Inquirer president and CEO
Maria Alexandra; Ferdinand Martin, who is married to Yedda Marie;
Marean, an investment banker, and husband Thomas; sisters Imelda Marcos, Alita Martel, Conchita Yap and brothers Alfredo and Armando.
Romualdez embarked on his own career in the diplomatic service and in
politics spanning more than 20 years. He served several terms as Leyte
governor. His brother-in-law, President Ferdinand Marcos
appointed him as ambassador to China, Saudi Arabia and the United
States while serving as Leyte governor until 1986, when his family went
into exile following the People Power Revolution. He was later elected as a member of the Batasang Pambansa in 1984 but preferred to remain as ambassador to the United States, therefore was disqualified to sit in the parliament.
He was instrumental in the establishment of diplomatic relations
between the Philippines and the People’s Republic of China in the 1970s,
becoming Manila’s first ambassador to Beijing.
Known for his organizational skills, Romualdez paved the way for the
state visits of President Marcos to various countries, including the United States.[not in citation given]
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