Meralco’s Lopez gets CA nod as ambassador to Japan

November 18, 2010 12:52 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 18 — Former Manila Electric Company (Meralco) chairman Manuel M. Lopez has been confirmed as the Philippine ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary (AEP) to Japan, one of five AEP nominees who got the precious nod on Wednesday of the powerful Commission on Appointments.

Lopez replaces long-time career ambassador Domingo Siazon who has reached the mandatory retirement age for career officials of the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Three others confirmed Wednesday are repeat nominees to their posts: Ma. Consuelo Puyat-Reyes to the Republic of Chile, Merceditas A. Tuason to the Holy See (Vatican) and Noe A. Wong to the Kingdom of Cambodia.

Carlos C. Salinas, well-known in the Philippine maritime industry, goes to the Kingdom of Spain, with concurrent responsibility for the Principality of Andorra.

Dr. Wilfrido V. Villacorta, from the academe, has also been confirmed as Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Jakarta, Indonesia.

All six are non-career officials whose diplomatic appointments are political in nature. They will get their appointments from President Benigno Aquino III and wait for the host country's agreement before departing.

The ambassador to Chile has concurrent jurisdiction over the Republic of Peru and the Republic of Ecuador, while the AEP to the Vatican has concurrent jurisdiction over the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. (PNA)

LDV/GJB

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