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Dipolog son joins RP mission to UN

Dipolog City (19 February) -- Lawyer Ephyro Luis B. Amatong, a native of this city and former editor of a local paper, The Mindanao Observer, has joined the Philippine Permanent Mission to the United Nations (UN) as adviser to the "Third Committee (Humanitarian, Social and Cultural)" and to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

Amatong accepted the offer from former Chief Justice Hilario G. Davide Jr., who is the Philippine Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

The Permanent Mission, which maintains an office in New York City, represents the Philippines in the UN through the six main committees of the General Assembly, Security Council, the Economic and Social Council and various UN bodies.

The Permanent Mission is working for the promotion of the Philippine interests within the framework of the UN, which is the only universal forum of sovereign equals reconciling its members' diverse interests.

It is also principally responsible for undertaking the multilateral aspects of Philippine diplomacy and deals with the broad range of interests of 192 members of the United Nations as well as other states and political entities, and the UN Secretariat.

Amatong son Andres Bonifacio College President Sancho S. Amatong and Olga Sinco Barrios completed his Master of Laws (LL.M.) at Harvard University Law School more than a year ago. He was one of the only two Filipinos admitted for that course for the school year 2005-2006.

A consistent honor student, Amatong was accelerated with honors from the grade school of Claret School in Quezon City in 1985. Later that year, he was admitted to the honors sections of the Ateneo de Manila High School where he graduated honorable mention in 1989.

He went on to obtain his Bachelor of Science in Business Economics, cum laude, from the University of the Philippines School of Economics in 1993.

He is a life member of both the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and the Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society in Social Science.

From 1993 to 1997, he was the manager of Andres Bonifacio College Press, Inc. and at the same time served as the editor-in-chief of the Mindanao Observer, the oldest running local paper in Zamboanga del Norte.

Amatong obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree from UP college of Law in 2001 with a Dean's medal for Academic Excellence and passed the Bar examinations held that year.

After his admission to the Philippine Bar, Amatong joined the Villaraza & Angangco Law Offices as an associate and after which he became Court Attorney of the Supreme Court. (MO/PIA-ZN) [top]

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