Tag: ambassadors

Sponsorship Speech for DFA Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. and 47 Foreign Service Officers

The CA Committee on Foreign Affairs chaired by Sen. Lacson took up the appointments of:
* Teodoro Locsin Jr.: Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs
* 2 senior officials promoted to the rank of Chief of Mission Class I
* 4 senior officials promoted to the rank of Chief of Mission Class II
* 7 senior officials promoted to the rank of Career Ministers
* 16 officials promoted to the rank of Foreign Service Officers Class I
* 18 officials promoted to the rank of Foreign Service Officers Class II

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Mr. Chairman, fellow members of the Commission on Appointments, a few minutes ago, this representation as Chairman of your Committee on Foreign Affairs, presided over a public hearing to deliberate on the ad interim appointment of the HON. TEODORO ‘TEDDY BOY’ LOCSIN, JR. as the Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs.

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Sponsorship Speech for PH Ambassador Ma. Hellen de la Vega and 38 Foreign Service Officers

The CA Committee on Foreign Affairs chaired by Sen. Lacson took up the appointments of:
* Ma. Hellen de la Vega: Ambassador to Australia with concurrent jurisdiction over Nauru, Vanuatu and Tuvalu
* 7 officials appointed to the rank of Chief of Mission Class I
* 10 officials appointed to the rank of Chief of Mission Class II
* 15 officers appointed to the rank of Career Ministers
* 6 officers appointed to the rank of Foreign Service Officers I

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Mr. Chairman, distinguished colleagues, this Representation as Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, presided over a public hearing this morning to deliberate on the nomination of AMBASSADOR MA. HELLEN MARIANO BARBER DE LA VEGA as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Commonwealth of Australia with concurrent jurisdiction over the Republic of Nauru, the Republic of Vanuatu and Tuvalu.

We likewise deliberated on the ad interim appointments of 38 Senior Officers of the Department of Foreign Affairs. Of the 38, seven officials have been promoted to the rank of Chief of Mission, Class I; 10 to the rank of Chief of Mission, Class II; 15 officers to the rank of Career Minister; and six to the rank of Foreign Service Officer I.

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Confirmation Hearings for Officials of the DFA, DAR, Comelec, and DOJ

On May 29 and 30, 2018, Sen. Lacson took part in the Commission on Appointments’ confirmation hearings for nominees to the Foreign Service, DAR, Comelec, and DOJ. They included:

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Sulpicio Confiado, ambassador to Egypt; and Akmad Sakkam, ambassador to Jordan

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John Castriciones, DAR Secretary

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Socorro Balinghasay-Inting, Comelec Commissioner

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Menardo Guevarra, DOJ Secretary

Sponsorship Speech for New PH Ambassadors and Foreign Service Officer

The CA Committee on Foreign Affairs, chaired by Sen. Lacson, took up the appointments of:
Grace Relucio Princesa: Ambassador to Holy See with concurrent jurisdiction over Malta
Frank Revil Cimafranca: Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic with concurrent jurisdiction over Cyprus
Marichu Barredo Mauro: Ambassador to Brazil with concurrent jurisdiction over Colombia, Guyana, Suriname and Venezuela
Hjayceelyn Mancenido Quintana: Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates
Linglingay Fonacier Lacanlale: Ambassador to Argentina, with concurrent jurisdiction over Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay
Cesar Lee Hiong Wee: Ambassador to Indonesia
Ombra Jainal: Ambassador to the Czech Republic
Rowena F. Mutia: Foreign Service Officer, Class IV

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Mr. Chairman, distinguished colleagues, this Representation as Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, presided over a public hearing this morning to deliberate on the nominations of nine Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Department of Foreign Affairs – four of whom are Career Officers of the Department while the other five are political nominees – and one Foreign Service Officer.

Your Committee, after deliberating on their qualifications and fitness during the said public hearing, determined that they are fit and qualified to be in the posts where they are nominated and therefore ruled to recommend to the plenary their nominations for the consent of this body.

To this end, it is my honor and privilege to recommend that the Commission give its consent to the nominations of the following DFA Senior Officers, namely:

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Sponsorship Speech for Ambassadors Maria Cleofe Rayos Natividad and Joseph del Mar Yap

Mr. Chairman, this Representation, as Chairman of your Committee on Foreign Affairs, presided a public hearing this morning to deliberate on the nominations of two Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Department of Foreign Affairs, and thereafter ruled to recommend to the plenary their nominations for the consent of the body.

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Pagsalang sa Commission on Appointments ni ‘Babe’ Romualdez bilang Kinatawan ng PH sa US

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Sponsorship Speech for Jose Manuel ‘Babe’ Romualdez as Philippine Ambassador to the United States
Commission on Appointments, Aug. 23, 2017

Mr. Chairman, distinguished colleagues, the Committee on Foreign Affairs presided by this representation conducted a public hearing this morning to hear and deliberate on the nomination of Mr. Jose Manuel del Gallego Romualdez as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United States of America, with concurrent jurisdiction over the Commonwealth of Jamaica, Republic of Haiti, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Bermuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, The Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, and Saint Lucia.

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Sponsorship Speech for 3 Ambassadors and 2 Foreign Service Officers before the Commission on Appointments

Likewise, the Committee deliberated on the nominations of three Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, and the ad interim appointments of two Foreign Service Officers of the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Mr. Chairman, having evaluated their fitness and qualifications, your Committee ruled that the three nominees and two appointees possess all the fitness and qualifications to the positions which they were nominated or appointed.

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Sponsorship Speech for Teodoro Locsin Jr. and 21 Career Officers of the DFA at the Commission of Appointments

Mr. Chairman, this representation as Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, presided (over) a public hearing to deliberate on the nomination of MR. TEODORO LOPEZ LOCSIN, JR. as Permanent Representative of the Republic of the Philippines to the United Nations and the ad interim appointments of 21 Career Officers of the Department of Foreign Affairs that were submitted to the Committee’s jurisdiction for its consideration. The Committee ruled that the nominee and all the appointees possess the fitness and qualification to perform their duties, and recommended that their nomination and appointments be submitted to the plenary for its confirmation.

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Sponsorship Speech for Ambassadors at the Commission of Appointments

Mr. Presiding Officer, the distinguished Vice Chairman of the CA, your Committee on Foreign Affairs which I chair conducted a public hearing to deliberate on the nominations of four ambassadors that were submitted to the committee’s jurisdiction for its consideration. The Committee thereafter ruled that all the nominees possess the fitness and qualifications to perform their duties, and recommended that their nominations be submitted to the plenary for confirmation.

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