Foreign affairs chief pushes for career officials as mission heads

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 16 2017 05:31 PM | Updated as of Mar 16 2017 09:04 PM

Acting DFA Secretary Enrique Manalo holds a short briefing at the Foreign Affairs headquarters in Manila on March 9, 2017. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA- Acting Foreign Affairs Secretary Enrique Manalo said Thursday he was hopeful career officers would be prioritized for appointment to diplomatic posts.

Manalo took over from Perfecto Yasay, an outsider at the foreign ministry, whose appointment as secretary was rejected by lawmakers due to questions on his US citizenship.

Former Foreign Affairs Secretary Roberto Romulo said Yasay's eight-month stint at the department "demoralized" career officials.

"We will seek the appointment of career officials as heads of posts as much as possible," Manalo told reporters.

"And when the President exercises his prerogative of appointing non-career posts, we will actively advise him to seek the services of men and women of stature, integrity, and capability such as non-career ambassadors who were recently appointed and have assumed their postings over the past weeks," he said.