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STATE FOR EAP

E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/31/2018
TAGS: MARR MASS MCAP PREL RP
SUBJECT: PRESIDENT ARROYO NAMES NEW NAVAL CHIEF

Classified By: Ambassador Kristie A. Kenney, Reasons 1.4 (b) and (d)

¶1. (U) Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
approved the designation of Rear Admiral Ferdinand Golez as
the new Flag Officer-in-Command for the Philippine Navy,
effective August 2. The appointment was announced by
Secretary of National Defense Gilberto Teodoro July 29.
Golez will replace Vice Admiral Rogelio Calunsag, who is
reaching the compulsory retirement age of 56. Teodoro and
the Armed Forces of the Philippines Board of Generals had
recommended Golez, along with two other candidates — Rear
Admiral Emilio Marayag and Rear Admiral Geronimo Defensor —
to President Arroyo for consideration as Naval Chief. All
three belong to the Philippine Military Academy Class of
1976, many of which are now in key positions in the military,
including Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces General
Alexander Yano.

¶2. (C) Admiral Golez is currently the Commander of the
Naval Education and Training Command of the Philippine Navy.
He is well-known to the Mission and has visited U.S. Naval
ships, including a submarine and the USNS MERCY, at the
invitation of the Mission several times in the last year. He
is a thoughtful pro-U.S. officer with significant exposure to
the U.S. military through training courses and personal
contact. Golez is expected to serve as Navy Chief until May
16, 2010, when he reaches mandatory retirement age of 56.

¶3. (C) Remarking on his appointment, Golez said he would
pursue greater interoperability between the Philippine Navy
and Marine Corps through the Fleet-Marine concept, which will
strengthen the Philippines’ ability to project force
throughout the archipelago. He also stressed his intent to
lead by example and the need to develop the Navy’s human
capital with training and more advanced equipment, while at
the same time actively pressing for capability upgrades to
the fleet.

¶4. (C) COMMENT: Golez is seen by some in the Philippine
government as an interesting choice to be Navy Chief. He is
the brother of Philippine Congressman Roilo Golez, a former
National Security Adviser to President Arroyo, and now a
fierce critic of her administration. Despite his political
connections, military insiders claim his appointment over two
other candidates who appeared to be the top contenders is
further evidence of Armed Forces Chief Alexander Yano’s
commitment to uphold meritocracy in promotions. END COMMENT.

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BIOGRAPHIC NOTES ON ADMIRAL GOLEZ
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¶5. (U) Prior to his present position at the Naval Education
and Training Command, Admiral Golez held the following
significant assignments: Assistant Chief for Intelligence
and concurrent Commander of the Naval Intelligence and
Security Force; Assistant Chief of Naval Staff for
Operations; Commander, Patrol Force, Philippine Fleet;
Commander, Naval Forces Southern Luzon; and Commander, Naval
Forces Eastern Mindanao.

¶6. (C) Admiral Golez has undergone various military
education and training, including: the Naval Command Course
at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island; the
Psychological Operations Course at the U.S. Army John F.
Kennedy Special Warfare School in Fort Bragg, North Carolina;
the oyal Australian Navy Staff Course; and the Philippne
Naval Command and Staff Course. He is the reipient of
various military awards, decorations, ad commendations
including four Distinguished Serice Stars, one Outstanding
Achievement Medal, and one Distinguished Navy Cross.

¶7. (U) PERSONAL DATA: Admiral Golez is married to the
former Shirly Mamaril. They have a daughter and two sons,
one of whom is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy,
Class of 2003.

¶8. (U) EDUCATION: Philippine Military Academy, Class of
1976; Ateneo de Manila School of Business, Masters in
Business Administration; Queensland University of Technology
in Australia, Certificate in Business Management.

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