Alberto Romulo
Alberto Gatmaitan Rómulo (born August 7, 1933) is a politician in the Philippines
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. He served as Foreign Secretary before and during the beginning of the administration of President
President of the Philippines
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 Benigno Aquino III
Benigno Aquino III
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Rómulo was born in Camiling, Tarlac
Camiling, Tarlac
----Camiling is a 1st class urban municipality of the province of Tarlac in the Philippines. According to the latest census, it has a population of 79,941 people in 15,324 households. The density is 1035.75 people per km2.Camiling is an urban municipality and one of the fastest-growing towns of...

 from Pangasinan parents. He was then elected as member of the Regular Batasang Pambansa
Regular Batasang Pambansa
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 representing Quezon City
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 in 1984. He then joined government service as the Minister of the Budget of President Corazon Aquino. He was a senator from 1987 to 1998, during which time he served as Majority Leader for five years.

He became Finance Secretary in January 2001, having been appointed when President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is a Filipino politician who served as the 14th President of the Philippines from 2001 to 2010, as the 12th Vice President of the Philippines from 1998 to 2001, and is currently a member of the House of Representatives representing the 2nd District of Pampanga...

 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. He served as Chairman of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations
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or ASEAN in 2007.
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