Senators back nominations of envoys and AFP officers

Administration Sen.  Christopher Lawrence  “Bong” Go affirmed full support for the nominations of Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) envoys and Armed Forces officers’ promotions, paving the way for the nominees’ confirmation Wednesday by the Commission on Appointments.

Confirmed were Philippine Ambassador to Japan Mylene de Joya Garcia-Albano, two career officials and the ad interim appointments of 50 flag/general and senior officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

During the commission’s deliberations on Wednesday, Go affirmed that Albano, as a representative of Davao City’s second district, displayed her “dedication, credibility and trustworthiness as she fulfilled her duties as legislator.”

Go also affirmed support for the nomination of Career Minister Val Simon Taganas Roque, and Consul General Voltaire dela Cruz Mauricio.

“I appeal that in the performance of your duties, you remember to build on the independent foreign policy former President Duterte…,” Go said, adding, “With your competence, intellect and experience, I trust that our country’s interests will always be at the forefront of your work, Madam Ambassador,” Go told Albano.

In supporting the nominations of the AFP senior officers, Go assured, “It is with great pride and honor that I relay my heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to our uniformed officers for their invaluable service to the Filipino nation.”  

At the same time, Senator Imee Marcos affirmed her support for the nomination of Garcia-Albano as Philippine Ambassador to Japan during the Commission on Appointments’ Committee on Foreign Affairs meeting held Wednesday.

Sen. Marcos at first asked the nominee what experience she has in foreign service and international diplomacy that would allow her to perform her duty as ambassador.

In her response, Garcia-Albano told the committee that as a former member of Congress, her ability to get along, speak and convince people about advocacies of government could help her perform her job as ambassador.

“May I say that despite the lack of foreign service experience of the nominee, I believe that being an ambassador in Tokyo would be just like a walk in the park,” Marcos said.