No new US envoy to PH

THE United States Embassy in Manila yesterday refuted news reports that a new ambassador will be appointed to the Philippines. 

The Embassy statement was issued to clarify articles that came out in a newspaper daily and on social media that US State Department deputy assistant secretary for the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO) Mina Chang might be Washington’s next top envoy to Manila.

“We’ve seen this claim. It is not true,” US Embassy deputy press attaché Trude Raizen said.

In September 2018, the White House announced the President’s intent to nominate Chang to be an Assistant Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development for the Bureau of Asia, the Embassy said.

The nomination was referred to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in January 2019.

“There have been no additional White House announcements regarding her nomination to the USAID position,” Raizen said.

In the US, career foreign service officers mostly serve a tour of approximately three years per ambassadorship whereas political appointees customarily tender their resignations upon the inauguration of a new president.

But they can be dismissed any time because they serve “at the pleasure of the President.” Other appointments change regularly due to reassignment or retirement.

Incumbent Ambassador Sung Kim assumed his post on Nov. 4, 2016.