DFA installs diplomat Jose new spokesman

March 18, 2014 8:58 am 

By Michaela del Callar

MANILA, March 17 (PNA) -– The Department of Foreign Affairs on Monday named Charles Jose, the country's former Consul General to Shanghai, as its new spokesman.

Jose, 52, formally assumed the post on Monday, replacing Raul Hernandez, now Philippine ambassador to South Korea.

“I know being the spokesperson will be a tough job, but I’m happy to take on the challenge of this position given to me,” Jose said in his first media interview. “I think it’s a privilege for me to be selected as the next DFA spokesperson.”

Jose’s first foreign posting was in Beijing from 1989 as Third Secretary and Vice Consul. He then rose to the rank of Second Secretary and Consul until he became the embassy’s First Secretary and Consul before ending his tour of duty in 1995.

As a senior diplomat, Jose had an opportunity to be assigned again in China as the country’s Consul General to Chongqing from 2009 to 2011. He was then cross-posted to Shanghai to head the Philippines’ Consulate General there from 2011 to February 28, 2014.

Amid many pressing issues being dealt with by the DFA from Manila's territorial dispute with China to hundreds of distressed Filipino workers abroad, Jose vowed to ensure that the country’s positions are conveyed “effectively and efficiently.”

“We would like our citizens to be informed of the various issues that are going on right now and it is our job to be able to communicate with them very effectively,” said Jose, who obtained his bachelor’s degree in Economics at the University of the Philippines.

The Philippines and China are engaged in decades-long territorial disputes over some areas of the South China Sea.Manila is accusing China of laying claim to several features in the resource-rich waters that falls under Philippine sovereignty. Parts of the South China Sea that are within Philippine territory has been renamed by Manila as West Philippine Sea.

Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan also lay claim to several areas of the South China Sea, a vital sealane where a bulk of the world’s trade passes through.

Jose's other foreign postings include Thailand as Minister and Consul General and Deputy Philippine Permanent Representative to the U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific from 2007 to 2009. He also served as First Secretary, then Minister from 1999 to 2005 in Singapore.

At the DFA in Manila, Jose held various positions. He was Executive Director for Asia-Pacific Affairs from 2005 to 2007; Special Assistant at the Office of Policy Planning and Coordination (1999); Executive Director at the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Foreign Affairs in Malacanang (1997-1998); Director of North Asia Division (1995-1997); and Assistant Director then Acting Director at the Office of ASEAN Affairs (1986-1989).

Jose, who has a Master’s degree on South East Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore, is married with two daughters. (PNA)

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