Arturo Enrile

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Arturo Enrile
Born Arturo Tiongson-Enrile
(1940-06-20)June 20, 1940
Lucena City, Philippines
Died January 14, 1998(1998-01-14) (aged 57)
Makati City, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Occupation Military, Politician
Known for Chief of Staff Armed Forces of the Philippines, Secretary Department of Transportation
Religion Roman Catholicism
Spouse(s) Mara Enrile

Arturo Tiongson Enrile (June 20, 1940 – January 14, 1998) was the Secretary of the Department of Transportation and Communication of the Philippines from April 1997 – January 1998.

Early life[edit]

Enrile was born on June 20, 1940 in Lucena City. Son of Felix Enrile and Jovita Tiongson. He was the cousin of the late former President Corazon Aquino and Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile.

Personal life[edit]

He was married to Mara Enrile. And they have a daughter named Tanya.

As Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines[edit]

Enrile, Class 1962, was FVR’s first appointment as chief of staff from April 12, 1994 to November 28, 1996.

As DOTC Secretary[edit]

On April 14, 1997, the DOTC was placed under new stewardship of Enrile.


Enrile died in January 1998 after his major organs (liver heart, kidney, lungs) were attacked by bacteria. Doctors spent a lot of time explaining to media representatives and live TV cameras that the former AFP chief of staff did not die from the Hong Kong Bird Flu. Enrile, 57, was rushed to the Makati Medical Center Monday after collapsing at home. Doctors said the retired general was in a state of shock when he reached the hospital. An official medical bulletin said Enrile died from complications arising from virulent viral infection, or "multiple organ failure due to septic shock and streptococcal pneumonic bacteraemia." President Ramos expressed his deep condolences for the "untimely demise of a devoted public servant and leader" and attended the wake.

Appointed to replace Enrile as Secretary of Transportation and Communications was Undersecretary Josefina Lichauco, the most senior DOTC undersecretary. His remains were left in Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City.