DFA spokesman named as envoy to South Korea

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Friday, January 24, 2014


PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III has appointed Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary and Spokesman Raul Hernandez as the country's new ambassador to Republic of Korea, Malacanang said Friday.

Aside from Hernandez, Aquino also named three other new ambassadors to various countries.

In a transmittal letter to Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario, Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. said the Chief Executive signed the appointment letters of the new ambassadors on January 20.

The other new envoys include Ma. Amelita Aquino as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Argentine Republic with concurrent jurisdiction over the Pluri-national State of Bolivia, the Republic of Paraguay and the Oriental Republic of Uruguay; Petronila Garcia as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Canada and Antonio Morales as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Singapore.

Hernandez served as Foreign Affairs Spokesperson since July 2011 until his appointment as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Korea. After joining the DFA in 1993, he held various positions in Philippine diplomatic and consular missions in China, Canada and the Hague, Netherlands.

Prior to her appointment, Aquino served as Executive Director of the Office of American Affairs since January 2009. She held various positions in Philippine diplomatic and consular missions in China, Mexico, Chile, among others.

Garcia served as Assistant Secretary of the Office of Middle East and African Affairs since September 2011 until her appointment as Ambassador to Canada. She held various positions in Philippine diplomatic and consular missions in Tel Aviv, Israel; Cairo, Egypt; Seoul, Korea; Pretoria, South Africa; Sydney, Australia, and Singapore.

Morales served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Peninsula Beijing as Deputy Chief of Mission and Consul General since March 2013 until his appointment as Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore. (SDR/Sunnex)

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