THE Commission on Appointments (CA) yesterday confirmed the nomination of 24 officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the promotion of five military generals.
The CA, however, deferred the confirmation of Philippine ambassador to Thailand Millicent Cruz-Paredes as members sought to clarify the specific rank to which she was appointed.
Paredes was appointed to the rank of Chief of Mission 1, and at the same time to the rank of Chief of Mission Class 2 as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Kingdom of Thailand and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.
Confirmed by the appointments body were the nominations of Imelda Panolong, Chief of Mission Class 2, as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Sultanate of Oman; and Enrique Manalo, Chief of Mission Class 1, as Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York.
The other DFA officials confirmed were Jose Maria Ancheta Carino, Myla Grace Macahilig, Arnel Sanchez , Anthony Aguirre, Angella Alfafara, Juan Paolo Alix, Joaquin Aragon, Darell Artates, Marie Cris Cheng, Jahzeel Cruz, Alexander Estomo, Domini Kitade, Alan Roi Gabriola, Maarni Gandarosa, Beatriz Davila, Dyan Pastrana, Ella Mitra, Enrik Revillas, Joel Peralta, Anne Salvador, Alex Vallespin, and Chryzl Sicat.
On the AFP side, the CA confirmed the promotions of the following: Allen Paredes to the rank of lieutenant general, Carlos Sabarre to the rank of Commodore, John Oberio to the rank of Brigadier General, Ramon Galang also to the rank of Brigadier General, and Eric Vinoya to the rank of Major General.
San Juan Rep. Ronaldo Zamora said the CA has no questions on the qualifications of Paredes but they asked Malacañang to clarify what her specific rank will be when she is confirmed as the country’s ambassador to Thailand and representative to the UN body.
“I have no problem about her patriotism, her qualifications, her background. (She is) completely qualified. But still I want to know what rank she is being appointed to? Is she being appointed to the rank of Chief of Mission Class 1 or Chief of Mission Class 2?” Zamora said.
Sen. Panfilo Lacson seconded Zamora’s recommendation, saying that problems might arise if she is confirmed to the rank of Chief of Mission Class 1 and later as ambassador to Thailand with a rank of Chief of Mission Class 2.