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Alberto Romulo
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Romulo in 2010
Chairman and Director of the Board of the Development Bank of the Philippines
In office
March 2017 – December 22, 2022
Appointed by Rodrigo Duterte
President Emmanuel G. Herbosa
Succeeded by Dante Tiñga
24th Secretary of Foreign Affairs
In office
August 23, 2004 – February 23, 2011
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
Benigno Aquino III
Preceded by Delia Albert
Succeeded by Albert del Rosario
34th Executive Secretary of the Philippines
In office
May 8, 2001 – August 23, 2004
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
Preceded by Renato de Villa
Succeeded by Eduardo Ermita
26th Secretary of Finance
In office
January 23 – June 30, 2001
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
Preceded by Jose Pardo
Succeeded by Jose Isidro Camacho
Senate Majority Leader
In office
July 22, 1991 – October 10, 1996
Preceded by Teofisto Guingona, Jr.
Succeeded by Francisco Tatad
Senator of the Philippines
In office
June 30, 1987 – June 30, 1998
Minister of Budget and Management
In office
February 25, 1986 – March 13, 1987
President Corazon Aquino
Preceded by Guillermo Carague
Succeeded by Manuel Alba (as Secretary)
Member of the Regular Batasang Pambansa
In office
June 30, 1984 – March 25, 1986
Serving with Ismael Mathay, Jr., Orlando Mercado, and Cecilia Muñoz-Palma
Constituency Quezon City
Personal details
Alberto Gatmaitan Romulo

(1933-08-07) August 7, 1933 (age 90)
Camiling, Tarlac, Philippine Islands
Political party Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino (1988–present)
Other political
UNIDO (until 1988)
Spouse Rosie Lovely Tecson-Romulo
Children 5 (incl. Roman and Bernadette)
Alma mater
Profession Lawyer
Website Secretary of Foreign Affairs

Alberto Gatmaitan Romulo (born August 7, 1933) is a Filipino politician and diplomat. He served in the Philippines in various capacities as executive secretary, finance secretary, foreign affairs secretary, and budget secretary. His most recent office is his leadership of the Department of Foreign Affairs before and during the early period of the administration of President Benigno Aquino III.

Romulo was born in Camiling, Tarlac from Pangasinan and Tagalog parents. He was then elected as member of the Regular Batasang Pambansa representing Quezon City in 1984. He then joined government service as the interim Minister of the Budget of President Corazon Aquino during the transition period following the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution. He was a senator from 1987 to 1998, during which time he served as Majority Leader for five years. As Majority Leader, he greatly helped then Senate President Neptali Gonzales, Sr. in running the plenary sessions of the Senate and in executing its legislative mill. In November 1989, Romulo avoided a fatal helicopter crash near Maulong, Catbalogan when an Army commander convinced him to ride another helicopter going to Catbalogan.

He became finance secretary in January 2001, having been appointed when President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo took office and formed her own cabinet. He left this position in May 2001; Romulo was later appointed as an executive secretary. On August 18, 2004, he was appointed foreign secretary, and which he would hold until February 25, 2011, under President Aquino. He served as Chairman of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN in 2007.

In March 2017, Romulo was appointed chairman and director of the board of the Development Bank of the Philippines.

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