Eduardo Ermita

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Eduardo Ermita
Executive Secretary of the Philippines
In office
August 24, 2004 – February 23, 2010[1]
PresidentGloria Macapagal-Arroyo
Preceded byAlberto Romulo
Succeeded byLeandro Mendoza
Secretary of National Defense of the Philippines
In office
October 3, 2003 – August 24, 2004
PresidentGloria Macapagal-Arroyo
Preceded byGloria Macapagal-Arroyo (Acting)
Succeeded byAvelino J. Cruz, Jr.
Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Batangas's 1st District
In office
June 30, 1992 – June 30, 2001
Preceded byConrado V. Apacible
Succeeded byEileen Ermita-Buhain
Personal details
Born (1935-07-13) July 13, 1935 (age 83)
Balayan, Batangas, Philippine Islands
Political partyLakas Kampi CMD (since 2009)
Other political
Lakas CMD (Before 2009)
Spouse(s)Elvira Ramos

Eduardo R. Ermita is the Executive Secretary of the Philippines, and spokesperson for President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo[2] was born on July 13, 1935 in Balayan, Batangas. Ermita took his Defense Resource Management Course at Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, U.S.A. from 1978–1979; Command and General Staff Course, Fort Bonifacio, 1974; Unit Psychological Officers Course, Kennedy Center, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, U.S.A., 1970–1971; Special forces Course, Fort Magsaysay, 1962–1963; Counterintelligence Course, Special Intelligence School, Fort Boniofacio, 1962; Airborne School, Fort Benning, Georgia, U.S.A., 1961; Ranger School, Fort Benning, Georgia, 1960-1961.

Ermita was a three-term congressman defeating the one of the most influential political family in the first district of Batangas from 1992-2001. He was appointed on October 3, 2003 as Secretary of National Defense. He is the provincial chairman of LAKAS-CMD in Batangas and Regional chairman of Lakas CMD in CALABARZON since 1992.

He was the Deputy Chief-of-Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines during the series of coup attempts from 1986 to 1988, and Undersecretary of National defense during the last major coup attempt in December 1989; head of the Special Information group during the EDSA People Power Revolution in February 1986; President, Philippine Military Academy Alumni Association, 1986–1988

Ermita is married to the former Elvira Ramos from Dipolog City with whom he has four children.


Preceded by
Serapio Martillano
Deputy Chief-of-Staff, Armed Forces of the Philippines
1986 – 1988
Succeeded by
Renato de Villa
Preceded by
Conrado V. Apacible
Representative,1st Congressional District of Batangas
1992 – 2001
Succeeded by
Eileen Ermita-Buhain
Preceded by
Angelo Reyes
Philippine Secretary of National Defense
2003 – 2004
Succeeded by
Avelino J. Cruz, Jr.
Preceded by
Alberto Romulo
Executive Secretary of the Philippines
2004 – 2010
Succeeded by
Leandro Mendoza