Former Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) chair Feliciano Genuino Salonga died morning of January 30 in Subic. He was 85.
The cause of death has not been released.
Salonga is father of singer-actress Lea Salonga.
Lea is currently in New York for the Broadway musical “Allegiance” and has been mum about her father’s death.
In 1991, Salonga expressed support for his daughter who figured in a dispute between the Actor’s Equity in the U.S. and “Miss Saigon” producer Cameron Mackintosh over his choice to allow Lea to take on the lead role of the musical.
Lea’s father threatened to return an honorary American flag to then President Bush if she was rejected for Broadway, according to a Seattle Times report on January 1, 1991.
He said the flag was given to the family after having been draped over the coffin of his father, who retired from the U.S. Navy in 1947 after 30 years of service.
Salonga took the helm of SBMA on 2006 but was replaced in 2013 by Roberto Garcia former head of Ramcar, Inc. upon the appointment of President Aquino.
He graduated with a degree in Marine Engineering at the US Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York,
He also attended the MBA program in the University of the Philippines in 1959-60.
Prior to his chairmanship of the SBMA, Salonga was the president of Ganda Energy & Holdings, Inc., an independent power producer from 1997 to 1999.
In 2014, the Ombudsman passed a resolution to indict 18 SBMA officials including Salonga for graft.
The officials allegedly “displayed manifest partiality” on granting
Harbour Centre Port Terminal Inc. (HCPTI) a contract to operate four ports in 2010.
SMBA is set to pay tribute to Salonga on Monday, February 1.