Leandro Mendoza

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Leandro Mendoza
Philippine Executive Secretary
In office
February 23, 2010[1] – June 30, 2010
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
Preceded by Eduardo Ermita
Succeeded by Paquito Ochoa Jr.
Philippine Secretary of Transportation and Communications
In office
July 3, 2002 – February 23, 2010
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
Preceded by Pantaleon Alvarez
Succeeded by Anneli R. Lontoc (Acting)
Director General Philippine National Police
In office
2001–2002
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
Preceded by Panfilo Lacson
Succeeded by Hermogenes E. Ebdane, Jr.
Personal details
Born Leandro Ramos Mendoza
(1946-03-17)March 17, 1946
San Juan, Batangas
Died October 7, 2013(2013-10-07) (aged 67)[2]
San Juan, Batangas
Alma mater Philippine Military Academy
Profession Police
Religion Roman Catholicism

Leandro Ramos Mendoza (March 17, 1946 – October 7, 2013) was a Filipino politician who rose to become the Philippine Executive Secretary.

Early Life[edit]

Mendoza was born in San Juan, Batangas. He finished his Bachelor of Science degree at the Philippine Military Academy; his Master of Arts in Public Management at the University of the Philippines - Visayas, Cebu City; and General Staff Course at the AFPCGSC, Fort Bonifacio.

Career History[edit]

Secretary Mendoza was a professional police officer and a noted management practitioner. His various professional experiences from his stint as a second lieutenant in the regular force of the Philippine Constabulary up until his appointment as Executive Director of the Philippines Center on Transnational Crime have prepared him to assume the role of the top law enforcer in the country. He was promoted to the rank of Police Director General of the Philippine National Police on 16 Mar 2001. On July 3, 2002, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo appointed Leandro R. Mendoza as the Secretary of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).

FAA downgrade[edit]

On January 17, 2008, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) downgraded the Philippines' rating to Category 2 from Category 1, since its Air Transportation Office (Philippines) (ATO) did not follow international safety standards. Consequently, Philippine Airlines (PAL) president Jaime Bautista stated that its 2008 growth targets would be lowered. Just out of 8 years receivership last year, the FAA decision prevents PAL from increasing US flights from 33 per week, inter alia.[3] Meanwhile, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo dismissed acting Air Transportation Office chief Danilo Dimagiba after the said FAA rating downgrade on the Philippine aviation industry (after it "failed to comply with the aviation standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO): outdated aviation regulations, poor training programs for safety inspectors and sub-standard licensing for air frame and engine inspectors"). She designated DOTC [Department of Transportation and Communications] Secretary Leandro Mendoza as concurrent Officer in Charge of ATO." Also, the Embassy of the United States in Manila warned US citizens in the Philippines "to refrain from using Philippine-based carriers due to "serious concerns" about the ATO's alleged mishandling of the aviation industry." Dimagiba blamed lack of funds for the FAA downgrade, alleging that ATO nees P 1 billion ($ 1= P40).[4]

Personal life and death[edit]

Mendoza was married to former Soledad Latorre of Lambunao, Iloilo: they have three sons and three daughters namely Maria Leah & Raymond, Michael & Eileen, Mark Llandro & Rochelle, Maria Leilani & Rey, Matthew and Maria Leanne. His brothers and sisters: Dorie & Romy (†), Lina & Carlos (†), Aida & Ricky, and Efren & Joy. His grandchildren: Marcus, Marth, Joshua, Migs, Macoy, Mico, Chin-Chin, Kiko, Moi-Moi, Mimai and King.[citation needed]

Mendoza died of a heart attack on October 7, 2013. He was 67. His son, Batangas Representative Mark Llandro Mendoza, himself confirmed the news, former Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) Undersecretary Thompson Lantion told Inquirer.net over the phone. Lantion said the family would bring the body to Heritage Memorial Park in Taguig City.

Radyo Inquirer 990AM also reported that Mendoza’s death was announced at the Land Transportation Office’s (LTO) flag raising ceremony by Engineer Joel Donato, chief of the LTO Motor Vehicle Inspection Section.

References[edit]

Preceded by
Panfilo Lacson
Director General, Philippine National Police
2001-2002
Succeeded by
Hermogenes E. Ebdane, Jr.
Preceded by
Pantaleon Alvarez
Philippine Secretary of Transportation and Communications
2002 – 2010
Succeeded by
Jose De Jesus
Preceded by
Eduardo Ermita
Philippine Executive Secretary
2010
Succeeded by
Paquito Ochoa Jr.