Palace supports DFA on Cuisia-A A +A
Thursday, October 24, 2013
MALACANANG expressed support on Thursday on the position taken by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) that Philippine Ambassador to Washington Jose Cuisia Jr. did not violate any law or regulation by holding positions in several private firms.
"Ang posisyon po ng Department of Foreign Affairs hinggil diyan ay ito: Iyon pong mga directorships ni Ambassador Cuisia ay hindi labag sa ano mang batas o regulasyon. At sa amin pong pananaw, the DFA has already sufficiently addressed this matter," said Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. in a press briefing.
He also said that he was not required to comment on the opinion of Rigoberto Tiglao, a former ambassador, that with Cuisia's holding of directorships in about 10 companies made him an apparent part-time ambassador.
"I don't think it is appropriate for me at this point to make any comment regarding that," he said.
Tiglao, in his article at The Manila Times, disclosed that Cuisia belongs to companies such as Philippine American Life and General Insurance Co., SM Prime Holdings, Holcim Philippines, Manila Water Co. and The Covenant Car Company.
"Iyong aspeto ng conflict of interest is covered by existing laws and regulations, and the DFA position is that the holding of those directorships is not violative of existing laws and regulations," Coloma said. (SDR/Sunnex)