DFA welcomes Kerry’s nomination as secretary of state


President Barack Obama looks to Sen. John Kerry after announcing his nomination as the next secretary of state in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Friday in Washington. AP

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Saturday welcomed United States President Barack Obama’s nomination of Senator John Kerry as next secretary of state, saying it was confident that the “upward trajectory of Philippines-US relations” would be maintained under his term.

“The Department of Foreign Affairs welcomes the nomination of Senator John Kerry as secretary of state and looks forward to engaging with him in sustaining the upward trajectory of PH-US relations which flourished during the tenure of Secretary Hillary Clinton,” the DFA said in a statement.

“The department is confident that Senator Kerry’s wealth of experience, especially his chairmanship of the Senate committee on Foreign Relations, would serve him well in this new capacity. We wish him all the best as he begins a new chapter in his long career in public service,” the DFA added.

Obama made the announcement in the White House Friday (Saturday in Manila), saying that Kerry was one of Washington’s most respected voices on foreign policy.

Reports noted that Kerry expected to win confirmation easily in the Senate, where he has served since 1985, the last six years as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee.

Kerry would replace Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has long planned to leave the administration early next year. Clinton is recovering from a concussion sustained in a fall.

As the nation’s top diplomat, Kerry will not only be tasked with executing the president’s foreign policy objectives, but will also have a hand in shaping them. The longtime lawmaker has been in lockstep with Obama on issues like nuclear non-proliferation, but ahead of the White House in advocating aggressive policies in Libya, Egypt and elsewhere that the president later embraced. With reports from AP

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  • Pers

    walang epik yan. still 30m only military aid to ph.

    • kanoy

       Lets see,,,the US calls upon the RP to aid in its attack on Saddam/Iraq and the RP ”ONLY” sent 56 truck drivers,,,the lowest contribution among all the allies,,,,THEN made a deal with al queda and PULLED OUT abandoning all its allies

      why snivel at 1,234,199,981.69 PHP over 1 trillion peso almost 1/2 the RP 2013 budget after running out on the allies that is more than US taxpayers wanted to give

      • tilney

        Why you have to blame the Philippines when in the first place, US hoodwinked other nations about Iraq’s Nuclear Missile which nowhere to be found.The claim by US is not true and they were able able to find a single CANISTER.. Philippines has to put its interest first before anything else..You should understand there thousands of Overseas Filipino Workers in Kuwait,Iraq, Jordan you name it..What does America gave to the Philippines it a measly sum compared to other nations such as Pakistan,Egypt..

      • kanoy

         WHY? lets see why….BUSH LIED!!! BUT….no one….absolutely no one….not even the USA >KNEW> Philippines has to put its interest first before anything else<>>You should understand there thousands of Overseas Filipino Workers in Kuwait,Iraq, Jordan>>>YOU SHOULD UNDERSTAND that not 1 of those OFW should have been FORCED due to lack of jobs and pi$$ poor slave wages to make a CHOICE between their FAMILY or a JOB…..why would the US taxpayer want to give a bigger handout to such an undependable ally who makes deals with and supports US enemies like Hammas & Al Queda?

  • Noel

    They should now start preparing chicken kerry, his favorite food.

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