President Benigno S. Aquino III receives the participants to the 8th Ambassadors, Consuls General, and Tourism Directors’ Tour (ACGTDT) during their courtesy call at the Rizal Hall of the Malacañan Palace on Thursday (July 11). The ACGTDT, an annual project of Philippine Foreign Service Posts in the United States (US) and Canada, offers a unique opportunity for participants from these two countries to visit the Philippines and experience its rich culture and heritage as they tour various destinations and take part in different activities. In photo are Philippine Ambassador to the United States His Excellency Jose Cuisia, Jr., Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez, Jr., and Philippine Ambassador to Canada His Excellency Leslie Gatan. (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III receives the participants to the 8th Ambassadors, Consuls General, and Tourism Directors’ Tour (ACGTDT) during their courtesy call at the Rizal Hall of the Malacañan Palace on Thursday (July 11). The ACGTDT, an annual project of Philippine Foreign Service Posts in the United States (US) and Canada, offers a unique opportunity for participants from these two countries to visit the Philippines and experience its rich culture and heritage as they tour various destinations and take part in different activities. In photo are Philippine Ambassador to the United States His Excellency Jose Cuisia, Jr., Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez, Jr., and Philippine Ambassador to Canada His Excellency Leslie Gatan. (MNS photo)

MANILA, Dec 17 (Mabuhay) – The bicameral body Commission on Appointments on Wednesday confirmed the appointments of seven ambassadors and two foreign service officers in the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Before the approval of the nomination at the plenary, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago led the  hearing of the CA foreign affairs committee. The proceeding was short as there was no opposition.

Those confirmed were:

  • Christopher Montero, Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the Kingdom of Cambodia, Chief of Mission, Class II,
  • Carlos Sorreta, Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the Russian Federation with concurrent jurisdiction over the Republic of Armenia, Republic of Belarus, and Republic of Ukraine, Chief of Mission, Class I,
  • Jose Burgos, Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the Federative Republic of Brazil with concurrent jurisdiction over the Republic of Colombia, the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, and the Republic of Suriname, Chief of Mission, Class II
  • Junever Mahilum-West, Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan with concurrent jurisdiction over the Palestine Republic, Chief of Mission, Class II,
  • Meynardo Montealegre, Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the Brunei Darussalam, Chief of Mission, Class II,
  • Nestor Ochoa, Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the Hellenic Republic with concurrent jurisdiction over the Republic of Cyprus, Chief of Mission, Class I,
  • Bayani Mangibin, Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the Republic of Kenya and to include the concurrent jurisdiction over the Republic of South Sudan, Chief of Mission, Class I,
  • Joseph Anthony Reyes, foreign service officer, Class I, and
  • Jose Garcia III, foreign service officer, Class II.

Meanwhile, Santiago admitted after the hearing that she was not feeling well.

“I’m a little dizzy today. You noticed my voice is very hoarse,” she told reporters. The senator was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer in July and has been recovering since.(MNS)