PNoy promotes 4 DFA career officials

By Delon Porcalla, The Philippine Star

Posted at Oct 20 2012 09:11 AM | Updated as of Oct 21 2012 02:29 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Four career officials of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) were promoted yesterday by President Aquino to become the country’s ambassadors to various diplomatic posts abroad.

Among the new appointment papers he sent to Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario were those of Alex Chua as ambassador to Myanmar and Sahid Glang who will serve as ambassador to Bahrain.

Two other DFA officials – Domingo Lucenario and Ricardo Endaya – have also been tasked to serve as ambassadors in concurrent capacity to nearby countries. Lucenario, now an ambassador to Pakistan, will have concurrent jurisdiction over Afghanistan, Kyrgyz Republic and the republics of Kazakhstan and Tajikistan, according to papers released by Malacañang.

Endaya, ambassador to Iran, was also tasked to handle Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

Four new appointees were also made at the Department of Trade and Industry, among them Ma. Lourdes Rebueno, Bienvenido Bautista, Ma. Lourdes Baua and Aurora Ma. Timbol – all directors of Philippine International Trading Corp. Pharma Inc.

Their terms of office will expire on June 30 next year.

At the Department of Energy, Ma. Gladys Sta. Rita was appointed a member of the board of directors at the Shipping and Transport Corp. of the state-owned Philippine National Oil Co.

Her term ends on June 30, 2013 as well.

Mercedes Castillo was also appointed as member of the board of administrators representing the Visayas of the Cooperative Development Authority that is under the jurisdiction of the Department of Finance.

She will stay there until July 2018.

At the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Rommel Abesamis was named assistant secretary for foreign assisted and special projects, where he will be coterminous with the term of office of Aquino in June 2016.

Two provincial state prosecutors have also been designated – Marcelo Oate, who will be city prosecutor of Ormoc, and Renato Samonte, who was appointed provincial prosecutor of Bulacan.

Meanwhile, Malacañang is undecided whether it will keep Marvic Leonen as the government’s chief negotiator with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front or appoint him as a justice of the Supreme Court. Leonen is one of the nominees to be interviewed by the Judicial and Bar Council next week.

In her regular briefing yesterday, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte commended Leonen for his accomplishments, but said she was not sure about the plans for him.