Del Rosario recommends career diplomats
MANILA, Philippines - Philippine Ambasador to China Sonia Brady, who suffered a stroke last week, will be replaced, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said Monday.
Del Rosario, in an interview with radio dzMM, said President Benigno Aquino has ordered him to find Brady's replacement.
"To improve her chances of full recovery, the President has instructed me today to start the process of finding a replacement for the good ambassador," he said.
He added that he has drawn up a shortlist of candidates for the position.
"Meron ho akong mga rekomendasyon sa Presidente. I expect to send those recommendations to him by either tonight or tomorrow," del Rosario said.
He said the nominees are all career diplomats.
"Right now, we have a very good deputy chief of mission who is running the embassy," he added.
Brady's speech impaired
The foreign affairs chief said he has just returned from Beijing, where he visited Brady.
"Pinuntahan ho namin siya sa hospital. Pinakamagaling na hospital daw sa Beijing," he said.
"We were told that the ambassador's condition has been regularly improving on a day to day basis. Magaling ho ang progress niya and at the rate that which she is progressing, we were told by the doctors, that siguro ho, puwede na ho siyang umuwi ng Maynila in about 2 weeks," he added.
He said the Philippine envoy is getting expert medical care, and her treatment is being monitored by the Chinese foreign ministry.
"The ambassador is suffering from impaired speech, with a paralysis in her right hand," del Rosario said.
"The ambasador, however, was very happy to see us and demonstrated full understanding of our conversations with her," he said.