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

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' 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 84)
Balayan, Batangas, Philippine Islands
Political partyLakas-Kampi-CMD (since 2009)
Other political
Lakas-CMD (before 2009)
Spouse(s)Elvira Ramos

Ermita was a three-term congressman, defeating one of the most influential political families in the 1st 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, 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, and president of the Philippine Military Academy Alumni Association from 1986 to 1988.

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


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  2. ^ ", Ermita is new Arroyo spokesman". Archived from the original on 2010-03-13. Retrieved 2008-05-21.
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