MEDIA executive Jose Manuel “Babe” Romualdez has been nominated as the new Philippine Ambassador to the United States, Malacañang announced on Thursday, July 27.
In a statement, the administration of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte expressed confidence that Romualdez’ nomination will further strengthen the bilateral relations between the two countries.
“We are confident that with Mr. Romualdez at the helm of the Philippine embassy [in] Washington, D.C., [this] will further strengthen Philippine-US relations and promote stronger cooperation between the two countries,” Duterte’s spokesperson Ernesto Abella said.
According to Abella, Romualdez would also have concurrent jurisdiction over the Commonwealth of Jamaica, Republic of Haiti, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, The Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and Grenadines and Saint Lucia.
For his part, Romualdez said he was “honored” and “humbled” by his nomination to be Manila’s representative in Washington.
“I’m happy and honored to serve the country. I am humbled by President [Rodrigo] Duterte’s trust and confidence,” Romualdez, who is also a columnists for , said.
U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim also congratulated Romualdez.
“Warm congratulations to my good friend Babe Romualdez on his nomination to be Ambassador to the U.S.,” Kim said in tweet.
Duterte initially offered the post to Romualdez in December last year but the latter reportedly declined as he was still about to undergo an operation the following January because of an eye ailment.
reported that the columnist has since fully recovered and is now ready to assume the position.
Romualdez is the chairman of the Philippine offices of several US-based multinational companies, including FCB Manila and Weber Shandwick Philippines.
He is also the president of the Manila Overseas Press Club and vice president of Manila Rotary, as well as the publisher and CEO of Stargate PeopleAsia.
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