CA confirms 6 ambassadors, 50 senior military officers

December 19, 2012 11:15 pm 

MANILA, Dec. 19 – The Commission on Appointments Wednesday confirmed the ad interim appointments of new ambassador to China Erlinda Basilio and five others as well as 50 of 51 senior military officers.

CA committee on foreign affairs chairperson Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago said the powerful body had no hard time deliberating on the appointment of Basilio, who was serving undersecretary of the Dept. of Foreign Affairs prior to her appointment as envoy to China.

"There is no opposition. There is no derogatory record. She has served very honorably in various posts abroad and then she was so vital to the work of the DFA that after retirement they hired her again this time as a political appointee and political nominee," Santiago said.

Santiago also said that Basilio is qualified to replace former ambassador Sonia Brady who suffered a stroke early this year.

The CA also confirmed the appointments of ambassadors Elizabeth Buensuceso to Indonesia; Alex Chua to Myanmar; Sahid Glang to Bahrain; Domingo Lucenario to Pakistan with current jurisdiction to Afghanistan, Kyrgyz, Kazakhstan and Taijikistan; and, Lamberto Monsanto to Kenya.

The CA also confirmed the appointments of 50 of 51 military officers.

These officers include eight Major Generals Raul Dimatatac, Jeffrey Delgado, Essel Soriano, Romeo Poquiz, Virgilio Domingo, Samuel Narbuada, Ariel Bernardo and Wilfredo Ona.

Twenty-one Brigadier Generals Jonas Sumagaysay, Danilo Penafiel, Januario Caringal, Roberto Domines Jr., Rodelio Santos, Abraham Bagasin, Rolando Aquino, Virglio Espineli, John Bonafos, Carlos Solomon, Raul Del Rosario, Yerson Depayso, Noel Miano, Romeo Gapuz, Gamaliel Cruz, Silvino Alcabasa Jr., Rolando Picar, Rene Santos, Eusaquito Manalo and Cesar Dionisio Sedillo.

Eduardo Ano, former head of the Intelligence Security Group, has also been promoted to Brigadier General but his confirmation has been stalled after family of Jonas Burgos opposed the appointment of Ano.

In her letter to the CA, Jonas’ mother Edita said Ano is one of their suspects in the abduction of his son on April 28, 2007 at the Ever Gotesco Mall in Quezon City.

”We are convinced that now Brig. Gen. Ano and then Lt. Col. Melquiades Feliciano, then the commander of the Army’s 56th Infantry Battalion ordered the abduction of Jonas, in their belief that he was one of the intended recipients of military information supposedly being passed by Lt. Dick Abletes to the CPP/NPA in Bulacan,” Mrs. Edita said in her letter.

The other confirmed military officers include: Colonels Gloria Mercado, Joseph Cuison, Minandang Macatoon, Felix Tayo, Miguel Ernesto Okol, Maxima Ignacio, Rodylyn Manzano, Ramon Guiang, Edgardo de Leon, Rummuell Perez, Leopoldo Imbang Jr., Roberto Dauz and Henry Doyaoen; Captains Gloria Mercado, Carlos Sabarre, Dennis Rommel Quines, Rodrigo Mejia and Ernesto Baldovino; Rear Admirals Zyril Carlos and Wenefredo Banua; Vice Admiral Jose Luis Alano; and, Lieutenant General Rey Ardo. (PNA)

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