Yuchengco asked to decline Germany post

March 28, 2010 11:42 pm 

MANILA, Mar 28 —Nacionalista Party (NP) senatorial bet Susan Ople urged industrialist and former Ambassador Alfonso Yuchengco to politely decline the President's offer for him to serve as the country's envoy to Germany two months before the next administration.

Ople, who served as chief of staff to her father, the late Foreign Affairs Secretary Blas F. Ople, noted that the well-known businessman has had a long and distinguished career as a political ambassador.

"It would be unfortunate and quite unfair if history remembers him for this tail-end appointment rather than the length and breadth of his life as a diplomat," Ople said.

Yuchengco was Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations with the rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. He also served as Presidential Adviser on Foreign Affairs in 2004, Presidential Assistant on APEC Matters in 1998, and was ambassador to Japan, People's Republic of China, as well as presidential special envoy to Greater China, Japan and Korea.

The former labor undersecretary said the Office of the President would have to explain how this appointment came about before further speculations affect the country's bilateral ties with Germany.

"This appointment is legally, politically, and even financially impaired. With a power crisis sapping the economic lifeblood of Mindanao, we cannot waste public funds in new political appointments that would last only up to June 30," Ople said.

As chairman emeritus of the Philippine Ambassadors Foundation and an official of the Philippine Ambassadors Association, Yuchengco also needed to consider the impact of this latest appointment on the foreign service, Ople said.

"The Philippine foreign service is our window on the world. All eyes are on us as we strive to bring about a smooth and orderly transition process. This is not the time to break protocols for a single ambassadorial position that can even strain bilateral relations rather than build upon it," said Ople.(PNA)

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