The Appointments Commission (CA) on Wednesday approved the appointment and acting appointments of 19 Foreign Ministry officers and 32 senior officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
It also approved the appointment of retired Judge Catral Mendoza as a member of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC), representing retired Supreme Court judges for a term expiring on July 9, 2025.
Mendoza attended the meeting by videoconference due to his advanced age and comorbidity.
The CA approved the appointment of Mario Chan, a retired military, as Ambassador of the Philippines to Brazil, with jurisdiction over Colombia, Guyana, Suriname and Venezuela.
Chan replaced Marichu Mauro who had been fired from the service after leaked video footage was shown on a local television station in Brazil showing her mistreating her unidentified Filipino housekeeper.
The panel also accepted the appointments of 11 heads of mission, five career ministers and two foreign service officers.
The Board also approved the appointment of Rear Admiral Danilo Fuentes, Jr .; Major Generals Edward Libago and Francisco Ariel Felicidario 3e; Brigadier Generals Ferdinand Razalan, Julius Tomines, Jaime Abawag Jr. and Florente Sison; and Commodore John Garaña.
Among the AFP officers included for confirmation was Col. Ruben Guinolbay, who was once a candidate for the Medal of Valor, the highest military honor, for neutralizing a group of bandits from the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) who held him down. ambushed along with his troops in Lamitan, Sulu in 2001.
After the clash with the ASG, Guinolbay, a member of the Philippine Military Class of 1994, and his men were able to rescue hostages held by the ASG. In 2011, Guinolbay received the Distinguished Conduct Star instead.
Former Joseph “Erap” Estrada’s youngest son, Jude Ejercito, a reserve officer in the Philippine Air Force, has been promoted to the rank of colonel.
Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., said that true to his Estrada roots, Ejercito, brother of former Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada, has a heart for the needy.
He noted that Ejercito was awarded a Bronze Cross medal in 2020 for his volunteer work in Metro Manila and for leading the deployment of the Reservist Work Unit to those with the greatest numbers. cases of Covid-19 (2019 coronavirus disease).