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We Congratulate Ambassador Lamberto V. Monsanto

Commission on AppointmentsOn Wednesday, the Commission on Appointments (CA) gave its nod to the nominations of eight ambassadors among 95 appointments of career diplomats, including Lamberto V. Monsanto, ambassador to Kuwait.

The seven other ambassadors are:

  1. Foreign Affairs Spokesman Raul Hernandez who was appointed to Korea;
  2. Bayani V. Mangibin, ambassador to Kenya, Burundi, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Rwnda, Seychelles Somali, Tanzania, Uganda, and is also the permanent representative to the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), and HABITAT;
  3. Petronila P. Garcia, ambassador to Canada;
  4. Ma. Amelita C. Aquino, ambassador to Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Uruguay;
  5. Antonio A. Morales, ambassador to Singapore;
  6. Joseph Gerard B. Angeles, ambassador to South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe;
  7. Virgilio A. Reyes, ambassador to Italy, San Marino, Albania, and Malta.

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, who presided over the confirmation hearing of the officials, said this was one of the biggest numbers of Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) officials to get the powerful commission’s nod.

She said all 95 career diplomats passed the foreign service officers’ (FSO) examination, said to be the toughest, year-long exam in the Philippines.

25 chiefs of missions, 26 career ministers, and 36 foreign service officers were also confirmed.

“A career diplomat rises from the ranks. This is different from a political appointee, who is appointed to the position of ambassador, public minister, or consul, by the president at his pleasure,” she said.

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