CA gives nod to 48 AFP officials, new envoys

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The Commission on Appointment (CA) on Wednesday confirmed the promotion of 48 military officers headed by General Emmanuel Bautista, chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippine (AFP) and the ad-interim appointment of 16 foreign affairs officials.

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The confirmation of Bautista as four star general and chief of the AFP was endorsed by Senator Antonio Trillanes 4th, the chair of Senate Committee on national defense.

However, the promotion of Col. Eduardo Ano to Brigadier General failed to get the CA’s nod because he was not around to answer questions.

Ano is being linked to the disappearance of activist Jonas Burgos.

The CA also confirmed the appointment of former Central Bank Governor Jose Cuisa as Philippine Ambassador to the United States and other senior officials in the Department of Foreign Affairs in their ambassadorial posts.

Among those confirmed were Rowena Sanchez as envoy to Turkey including Georgia and Republic of Azerbaijan; Ma. Theresa Lazaro to the French Republic; Victoriano Lecaros to the Czech Republic; Cecilia Rebong to the United Nations in Geneva Switzerland; Jaime Victor Ledda to the Netherlands and Narciso Castaneda to the Sultanate of Oman.

The other officials who also got the CA nod were Eduardo Martin Menez to the Republic of Turkmenistan and Republic of Usbekiztan; Edsel Barba to Iraq; Vicente Vivencio Bandillo to Bangladesh, Republic of Sri Lanka and Republic of Madives and Catalino Dilem Jr. to the United Mexican States, Belize, Republic of Costa Rica, Republic of El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Venezuela, Dominican Republic and Cuba.

Eleonor Jaucian was also confirmed as envoy to Hungary, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria and Moldova, Enrique Manalo to Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Ireland; Bayani Mercado to Norway, Iceland, Denmark, Finland and Sweden; Patricia Ann Paez to Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

George Reyes also got his post to the United Mexican States, Belize, Republic of Costa Rica, Republic of El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Venezuela, Dominican Republic and Cuba; Ma. Cleofe Natividad was confirmed as chief of mission; and, Ma. Cynthia Pelayo as foreign service officer.

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