MANILA - The Commission on Appointments gave its nod to the nominations of eight ambassadors and appointments of 87 other career diplomats, including Foreign Affairs Spokesman Raul Hernandez who was appointed to Korea.
Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago said this is one of the biggest numbers of Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) officials who got the influential committee’s nod.
The seven other ambassadors are:
- Bayani V. Mangibin, ambassador to Kenya, Burundi, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Rwnda, Seychelles Somali, Tanzania, Uganda, and is also the permanent representative to the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), and HABITAT;
- Petronila P. Garcia, ambassador to Canada;
- Lamberto V. Monsanto, ambassador to Kuwait;
- Ma. Amelita C. Aquino, ambassador to Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Uruguay;
- Antonio A. Morales, ambassador to Singapore;
- Joseph Gerard B. Angeles, ambassador to South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe;
- Virgilio A. Reyes, ambassador to Italy, San Marino, Albania, and Malta.
The others confirmed are 25 chiefs of missions, 26 career ministers, and 36 foreign service officers.
She said all 95 are career diplomats, or those who passed the foreign service officers’ examination.
“A career diplomat rises from the ranks. This is different from a political appointee, who is appointed to the position of ambassador, public minister, or consul, by the president at his pleasure,” she said.