The Commission on Appointments (CA) today confirmed the appointments of 13 officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) — six ambassadors, a Chief of Mission Class 1, and six foreign service officers (FSOs).
The bicameral body also confirmed the appointments of Jose Eriel M. Niembra as major general and Noel T. Baluyan, Audrey L. Pasia, Nolasco A. Mempin, and Alex S. Rillera as brigadier generals.
Also confirmed were the appointments of 10 colonels and captains.
The CA human settlements and urban development panel chaired by Sen. Francis ‘’Toll’’ N. Tolentino suspended its investigation into the fitness of Eduardo Drueco del Rosario as Secretary of the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (HSUD) to allow senators and congressmen more time to field their questions.
As head of the Task Force Bangon Marawi. Del Rosario vowed to complete all its Marawi siege-related projects by December 2021.
The confirmation process was complete after Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III, concurrent CA chairman, banged the gavel at 2:30 p.m. to close of the CA plenary session.
The CA is composed of 12 senators and 12 House of Representatives. The 25th member is the Senate President.
The CA public hearing and plenary session started at 9:30 this morning.
After a public hearing, the 13 DFA officials were recommended for confirmation by Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson, chairman of the CA foreign affairs committee.
The six top DFA officials are:
Maria Amelita Cunanan Aquino, Chief of Mission Class 1, as ambassador to Cambodia.
Frank Revil Cimafranca, Chief of Mission Class 1, as ambassador to Hungary with concurrent jurisdiction over Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Montenegrro, Serbia, and Moldova.
Meynardo Los Banos Montealegre, Chief of Mission Class 1, as ambassador to Vietnam.
Giovanni Endencia Palec, Chief of Mission Class 2, as ambassador to the Hellinic Republic with concurrent jurisdiction over the Republic of Cyprus.
Macairog Sabiniano Alberto, ambassador to Israel with the salary and emoluments of a Chief of Mission Class 1.
Mohd. Noordin Pendosina Noor Lomondot, Ambassador to Kuwait, with the salary and emoluments as Chief of Mission, Class 1.
Millicent Cruz-Paredes was also confirmed as Chief of Mission Class 1.
The appointments of the 15 AFP officers were recommended by Rep. Luis ‘’Jon Jon’’ A. Ferrer IV, chairman of the CA national defense committee.
Niembra is the current chief of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.