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NINETY-FIVE DFA SENIOR OFFICIALS HURDLE CA
CA, IPS dated 13 March 2014

The nominations and ad interim appointments of 95 senior officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) were confirmed by the Commission on Appointments (CA) yesterday in its plenary session presided by President of the Senate/Chairman of the Commission Franklin M. Drilon.

The confirmation came on the same day that the Commission’s foreign affairs committee, headed by Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago, deliberated on their nominations and appointments. The committee members were convinced of the competence and fitness of all the nominees and appointees as Defensor Santiago highlighted the qualifications of each of them during the committee hearing. Committee Vice Chair Rep. Rufus B. Rodriguez recommended their confirmation to the plenary with no objections raised. It was the biggest number of DFA senior officials to get the CA nod in a plenary session by far.

Leading the pack of DFA senior officials confirmed by the Commission were eight envoys, namely, Petronila P. Garcia, as Chief of Mission, Class I, as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Canada, Class II, Bayani V. Mangibin, Chief of Mission, Class I, as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Kenya with concurrent jurisdiction over the Republic of Burundi, Union of the Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Republic of Madagascar, Republic of Malawi, Republic of Mauritius, Republic of Rwanda, Republic of Seychelles, Somali Republic, United Republic of Tanzania and Republic of Uganda and as Permanent Representative to the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and HABITAT, Lamberto V. Monsanto, as Chief of Mission, Class II, as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the State of Kuwait, Ma. Amelita C. Aquino, as Chief of Mission, Class II, as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Argentine Republic with concurrent jurisdiction over the Pluri-national State of Bolivia, the Republic of Paraguay, and the Oriental Republic of Uruguay, Antonio A. Morales, as Chief of Mission, Class II, as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Singapore, Joseph Gerard B. Angeles, as Chief of Mission, Class II, as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of South Africa with concurrent jurisdiction over the Republic of Angola, Republic of Botswana, Kingdom of Lesotho, Republic of Mozambique, Republic of Namibia, Kingdom of Swaziland, Republic of Zambia and Republic of Zimbabwe, Raul S. Hernandez, as Chief of Mission, Class II, as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Korea, and Virgilio A. Reyes Jr., as Chief of Mission, Class I, as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Italy, Republic of San Marino, and Republic of Albania, and to Include the Republic of Malta.

Among the other nominations and ad interim appointments approved were those of:

Nominations

Wilfredo R. Cuyugan

Chief of Mission, Class I

Joselito A. Jimeno

Chief of Mission, Class I

Carlos D. Sorreta

Chief of Mission, Class I

Alfonso A. Ver

Chief of Mission, Class II

Gina A. Jamoralin

Chief of Mission, Class II

Ma. Teresita C. Daza

Chief of Mission, Class II

Wilfredo C. Santos

Chief of Mission, Class II

Bernardita L. Catalla

Chief of Mission, Class II

Nathaniel G. Imperial

Chief of Mission, Class II

Millicent C. Paredes

Chief of Mission, Class II

Marciano R. De Borja

Chief of Mission, Class II

Rosalita S. Prospero

Chief of Mission, Class II

Ma. Theresa D. De Vega

Chief of Mission, Class II

Jose Victor V.Chan-Gonzaga

Career Minister

Aileen S. Mendiola-Rau

Career Minister

Ariz Severino V. Convalecer

Foreign Service Officer, Class I

Maria Anna Lilia L. De Vera

Foreign Service Officer, Class I

Edna May G. Lazaro

Foreign Service Officer, Class I

Gunther Emil M. Sales

Foreign Service Officer, Class I

Raphael S. Hermoso

Foreign Service Officer, Class I

Jesus Enrique G. Garcia II

Foreign Service Officer, Class I

Edward C. Yulo

Foreign Service Officer, Class II

Jeffrey P. Salik

Foreign Service Officer, Class II

Conrado B. Demdem Jr.

Foreign Service Officer, Class II

Maria Paz G. Cortes

Foreign Service Officer, Class II

Bertrand Theodor L. Santos

Foreign Service Officer, Class II

Lorenzo Rhys G. Jungco IV

Foreign Service Officer, Class II

Arvic V. Arevalo

Foreign Service Officer, Class II

Additional Jurisdictions: With Request from DFA for Waiver of Personal Appearance

Ad Interim Appointments:

Jerril G. Santos

Chief of Mission, Class I

Ma. Hellen M. Barber-De La Vega

Chief of Mission, Class I

Gilberto Gorgonia B. Asuque

Chief of Mission, Class I

Jose Eduardo E. Malaya III

Chief of Mission, Class I

Domingo D. Lucenario Jr.

Chief of Mission, Class I

Maria Lumen B. Isleta

Chief of Mission, Class I

Jaime Victor B. Ledda

Chief of Mission, Class I

Julio C. Dery

Chief of Mission, Class II

Noralyn J. Baja

Chief of Mission, Class II

Belinda M. Ante

Chief of Mission, Class II

Medardo G. Macaraig

Chief of Mission, Class II

Margarita S. Ibayan

Career Minister

Grace T. Cruz-Fabella

Career Minister

Robespierre L. Bolivar

Career Minister

Senen T. Mangalile

Career Minister

Edgar B. Badajos

Career Minister

Racquel R. Solano

Career Minister

Josel F. Ignacio

Career Minister

Josephine M. Reynante

Career Minister

Lilibeth V. Pono

Career Minister

Patrick John U. Hilado

Career Minister

Evangeline T. Ong Jimenez-Ducrocq

Career Minister

Enrico T. Fos

Career Minister

Roberto G. Manalo

Career Minister

Donna M. Rodriguez

Career Minister

Charmaine Rowena C. Aviquivil

Career Minister

Deena Joy D. Amatong

Career Minister

Jaime Ramon T. Ascalon

Career Minister

Eric Gerardo E. Tamayo

Career Minister

Igor G. Bailen

Career Minister

Leo Tito L. Ausan Jr.

Career Minister

Maria Lourdes M. Salcedo

Career Minister

Patrick A. Chuasoto

Career Minister

Arlene G. Macaisa

Career Minister

Nina P. Cainglet

Career Minister

Marford M. Angeles

Foreign Service Officer, Class I

Roberto T. Bernardo

Foreign Service Officer, Class I

Maria Alnee A. Gamble

Foreign Service Officer, Class I

Voltaire D.C. Mauricio

Foreign Service Officer, Class I

Mersole J. Mellejor

Foreign Service Officer, Class I

Jim Tito B. San Agustin

Foreign Service Officer, Class I

Christopher Patrick T. Aro

Foreign Service Officer, Class I

Mark Francis C. Hamoy

Foreign Service Officer, Class I

Grace Anne G. Bulos

Foreign Service Officer, Class II

Rea G. Oreta

Foreign Service Officer, Class II

Melanie Rita B. Diano

Foreign Service Officer, Class II

Leah Victoria C. Rodriguez

Foreign Service Officer, Class II

Aian A. Caringal

Foreign Service Officer, Class II

Susana Maria L. Mendiola

Foreign Service Officer, Class II

Sheila Marie C. Tario

Foreign Service Officer, Class II

Lorena Joy P. Banagodos

Foreign Service Officer, Class II

Ma. Carmela Teresa A. Cabreira

Foreign Service Officer, Class II

Greg Marie C. Mariño

Foreign Service Officer, Class II

John G. Reyes

Foreign Service Officer, Class II

Reichel P. Quiñones

Foreign Service Officer, Class II

Jason Jovencio A. Anasarias

Foreign Service Officer, Class II

Emmanuel Donato K. Guzman

Foreign Service Officer, Class II

Edwin Gil Q. Mendoza

Foreign Service Officer, Class II

Eduardo V. Aro

Ad Interim appointment as Chief of Mission,Class II for the period of 3 March to 19 October 2013 (Retired on 19 October 2013)

Also taken up during yesterday’s plenary session was the confirmation of the nominations of Alexis D. Tamondong and Wilson M. Leyva to the rank of Brigadier General. Rep. Antonio A. Del Rosario, chair of the Commission’s defense committee, made a motion in recommending the AFP officers’ confirmation. No objections were raised on the matter.

In the event of Congress’ adjournment of session starting March 15, 2014, the appointments of the following cabinet members shall be considered bypassed: Social Welfare Secretary Corazon J. Soliman, Justice Secretary Leila M. De Lima, Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Jesus P. Paje and Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho L. Petilla.