• President not keen on naming US envoy

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    THE Philippines will have no ambassador in the United States because President Rodrigo Duterte is not keen on naming one.

    “Iyung USA, wala tayong ambassador. Walang ambassador pupunta doon. [In the USA, we don’t have an ambassador. We don’t have an ambassador going there]. I don’t feel like sending one,” Duterte said in a speech in Davao City.

    The President had earlier tapped Jose Manuel Romualdez to become the next Philippine envoy to the US, replacing Jose Cuisia Jr.

    Romualdez however declined for health reasons.

    It has been seven months since the Philippines had an ambassador in the US.

    Duterte has previously criticized the US administration, then under President Barack Obama, for calling him out over his bloody war on drugs.

    But he pointed out that incumbent US President Donald Trump believes that the country’s anti-drugs campaign is being done “the right way.”

    “I appreciate the response that I got from President-elect Trump and I would like to wish him success,” Duterte said.

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    1. aladin g. villacorte on

      On second thought, President Duterte does not have to; there’s no compelling reason for him to do so. Our mission in Washington is in good hands under a charge d’affaire, a.i.

      And look what his American counterpart has done: He fired all US ambassadors in such important countries as UK, Canada, Germany, Japan, China, India and Saudi Arabia with nobody to replace them yet.

      Perhaps this is a good time as any to raise a larger question: Do we even need diplomatic missions anymore, at least in some countries where we have very little economic and political interests?

    2. aladin g. villacorte on

      “President not keen on naming US envoy” – MT headline

      Our President does not choose the US envoy, the US President does. Headline should read: “President Duterte not keen of naming new envoy to the US”