US-ASEAN Business Council Mourns the Loss of former Philippine Foreign Secretary Roberto “Bobby” Romulo

Manila) – The Board of Directors, members, and staff of the US-ASEAN Business Council offer their deepest condolences to the family of former Foreign Secretary Roberto “Bobby” Romulo on his passing. 

Secretary Romulo was a stalwart friend of the Council, the U.S. business community, and the broader international trade and economic community.  His long and prosperous career started with IBM in 1965. He joined the Philippine Government in 1989 as Ambassador to Belgium and then went on to serve as Secretary of Foreign Affairs from 1992-1995 during the Ramos Administration.

A true believer in regional economic cooperation, Secretary Romulo served as founding Chairman of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), which became a model for the ASEAN Business Advisory Council, and established the Secretariat of that organization in Manila in 1996.  He worked tirelessly on behalf of the Philippines in these international organizations, forging strong ties between the private and public sectors through foreign direct investment and championing disaster preparedness and resiliency for the Philippines. 

A true patriot, Secretary Romulo fiercely advocated for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Philippines in the face of various regional and other challenges.  A warm and gregarious person, a faithful friend, and an outstanding international statesman, Secretary Romulo will be sorely missed.


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Since 1984, the US-ASEAN Business Council has been the premier advocacy organization for U.S. corporations operating within the dynamic Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Worldwide, the Council's membership of nearly 170 companies generates almost US$7 trillion in revenue and employs more than 14.5 million people.  Today our members include the largest U.S. companies conducting business in ASEAN and range from newcomers to the region to companies that have been working in Southeast Asia for more than 100 years. The Council has nine offices around the globe, in Washington, DC; New York, NY; Bangkok, Thailand; Hanoi, Vietnam; Jakarta, Indonesia; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Manila, Philippines; Singapore; and Yangon, Myanmar.