FilVetREP Mourns Passing of Col. Orlando M. Suarez, Philippine Defense and Armed Forces Attaché to the USA.
February 12, 2017
Contact: Jon Melegrito, 202-361-0296
FilVetREP Mourns Passing of Col. Orlando M. Suarez,
Philippine Defense and Armed Forces
Attaché to the USA.
Washington, D.C. “We are saddened to learn of the passing of Col. Suarez,” says Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba (Ret), chairman of the Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project (FilVetREP). “His wife, Gemma Francisca I. Calalo-Suarez, and their four children are in our thoughts and prayers as they mourn the death of their loved one. We wish to convey to the family our deepest sympathies.”
Col. Suarez, who served at the Philippine Embassy since 2016 as Defense and Armed Forces Attaché (ADAFA) to USA, suffered a stroke on February 6 while on an official trip to Honolulu, Hawaii. He died today at Straub Hospital. He was 50 years old.
During his brief stint in Washington, D.C., Col. Suarez was very supportive of FilVetREP’s efforts to secure the Congressional Gold Medal for Filipino World War II veterans.
A graduate of the Philippine Military Academy, Col. Suarez was commissioned to the Armed Forces of the Philippines in 1988. He earned a Master’s Degree in Public Management from the Development Academy of the Philippines in 2010.
His remains will be flown to the Philippines for burial.
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The Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project (FilVetREP), is a nonpartisan,501(c)(3) tax-exempt, community-based, all-volunteer national initiative whose mission is to obtain national recognition of Filipino and American WW11 soldiers across the United States and the Philippines for their wartime service to the U.S. and the Philippines from July 26, 1941 to December 31, 1946. For more information about Filipino WWII veterans and how to get involved, visit our website at www.filvetrep.org or find us on Facebook or Twitter.