Duterte appoints ex-House Speaker Belmonte as special envoy to Japan

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 16 2019 03:59 PM

Former House Speaker Feliciano Sonny Belmonte duirng the special screening of Star Cinema's Quezon's Game on June 3, 2019. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed former House Speaker Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte Jr. as a special envoy to Japan.

Belmonte, a former Liberal Party stalwart, was assigned Tuesday as special envoy to Japan for trade and market access, a document from Malacañang released Wednesday showed.

Belmonte served as Speaker of the House of Representatives under former presidents Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

Before his retirement from politics last year, Belmonte was representative of the 4th District of Quezon City.