Duterte picks chief protocol
officer as new envoy to US

August 29 2016 9:44 PM

After a long search, President Rodrigo Duterte has chosen his chief protocol officer Marciano Paynor as the Philippines’ new ambassador to the United States.

“He has a seasoned foreign career,” Duterte said in a chance interview at Malacañang Palace before attending a dinner with wounded soldiers. He said Paynor has already accepted the offer.

When asked when Paynor’s tour of duty begins, the President said: “I have to nominate him.”

Paynor will replace Jose Cuisia Jr. who had refused an offer for a term extension, citing policy differences with the country’s chief diplomat, Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr.

Ambassadors have to pass through confirmation by the bicameral Commission  on Appointments (CA) before they can assume their posts.

Robert Borje, the Second Secretary of the Permanent Mission of the Philippines to the united Nations, would be assuming the position that Paynor will leave vacant.

Borje was a former TV anchorman in Davao City and a son of retired Commodore Adolf P. Borje of the Philippine Navy.

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