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DFA airs position on naming of new RP envoy to Germany

Manila (29 March) -- Press Secretary Crispulo Icban Jr. yesterday released the official statements from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on the issue of new appointment to the Philippine ambassadorial post in Germany:

"Ambassador to Germany Delia Domingo Albert retired in 2005 and has since been annually extended as a political appointee recallable at any time," the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said yesterday in the wake of reports asking why she has now been recalled and a new ambassador, Al Yuchenco, named in her place.

Assistant Secretary Eduardo Malaya, spokesman of the DFA, said Ambassador Albert ceased to be a career ambassador when she retired in 2005. Her term was immediately extended at that time and this has been done annually, but as a political appointee, she serves at the pleasure of the President.

"Political ambassadors are recallable any time and we in the career service know that," Malaya said.

The DFA issued the clarification in the wake of reports quoting an unnamed DFA official as saying that the recall of a "career ambassador" had sent shock waves within the DFA.

Executive Secretary Leandro Mendoza said President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has never removed career officials unless they were promoted. She has never violated the Civil Service Law, he said.

He disclosed that he had duly informed Ambassador Albert of the appointment of Yuchengco but she is to remain at her post pending the completion of the two requirements of such ambassadorial appointments - the concurrence of the host government, in this case, Germany, and confirmation by the Commission on Appointments.

With respect to the ratio between career and political appointees in the DFA, Assistant Secretary Malaya said that the DFA last October issued a statement that the Arroyo administration has appointed more career ambassadors and consuls general (72.83%) than political ones. This compares with 70% for the Estrada administration and 67% for the Ramos administration.

Former Civil Service Commission Chairman Pat Sto. Tomas said that in President Arroyo's more recent appointments in the government service, the percentage of career vs political appointments has been 93.7%.

DFA added that four of the most recent vacancies in the foreign service, namely, Brussels, Pretoria, Islamabad, and Hanoi, were filled with career diplomats, whose appointments were approved by the Commission on Appointments on Oct. 14, 2009." (PIA) [top]

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