MANILA, Philippines -- Malacañang has nominated and endorsed for confirmation by the bicameral Commission on Appointments (CA) a fresh batch of key officials led by six new ambassadors, said Cebu Representative Eduardo Gullas, head of the House contingent to the CA, Saturday.
In a statement e-mailed to media outfits, Gullas said the CA has received the nomination papers of the following new ambassadors:
1. Rora Tolentino, to France, with concurrent jurisdiction over Portugal and Monaco;
2. Ma. Theresa Lazaro, to Switzerland, also with jurisdiction over Liechtenstein;
3. Regina Irene Sarmiento, to Czechoslovakia;
4. Pedro Chan, to Turkey, also with jurisdiction over Georgia;
5. Marilyn Alarilla, to Laos; and
6. Domingo Lucenario Jr., to Kenya, also with jurisdiction over Burundi, Comoros, the two Congos, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Tanzania, and Uganda.
Gullas said the six new senior diplomats join former Senator Orlando Mercado and Rey Carandang, the new ambassadors to China and Argentina, respectively. The two, along with 13 chiefs of mission, career ministers and foreign service officers, were previously endorsed by Malacañang to the CA.
Gullas also said the CA has received the appointment papers of six additional senior military officers -- Lieutenant Generals Delfin Bangit, Jaime Buenaflor and Isagani Cachuela; Rear Admiral Roberto Estioko; Brigadier General Jesus Fajardo; and Commodore Benhail Sevilla.
"We also received the reappointment papers of 44 other senior military officers -- two major generals, five brigadier generals, two commodores, 29 colonels and six naval captains," Gullas added.
In all, Gullas said 83 officials -- 26 new appointees and 57 reappointees -- are now pending CA confirmation.
Of the 83, he said 56 belong to the Department of National Defense and 21 belong to the Department of Foreign Affairs.
The officials whose appointments or reappointments are now pending CA confirmation include three Cabinet members -- Press Secretary Jesus Dureza, Energy Secretary Angelo Reyes and Environment Secretary Jose Atienza Jr., plus three election commissioners -- Leonardo Leonida, Lucenito Tagle, and Moslemen Macarambon.