New Philippine Ambassador to Nigeria/West Africa

Article posted February 03, 2010 – 10:34 AM
Contrary to the fate suffered by his predecessor, it took only five minutes for newly appointed Civil Service Commission Chairman Francisco Duque III to get the nod of the bicameral Commission on Appointments on Wednesday morning.

Rep. Eduardo Zialcita noted that Duque had performed excellently as Health secretary. “It is heartwarming to note that he has been appointed [to] a very sensitive position and considering his track record, we are assured that civil service will be in the correct hands,” he added.

The fact that he is not a lawyer was not raised during the hearing, unlike what happened when the nomination of former CSC Chairman Ricardo Saludo was discussed last year. Duque is a doctor. [See: Saludo appointment as CSC chair nixed by CA]

The former health secretary promptly thanked the appointments committee on constitutional commissions and offices headed by Rep. Rodolfo Plaza.

“I would like to express my most profound gratitude and appreciation for your motion to submit for plenary my nomination. It will be a source of inspiration,” said Duque, who vowed to initiate “meaningful reforms” at the commission.

Duque will be presented to the plenary later in the day for the confirmation of his nomination.

The other appointees approved by the CA committees were:

– Evelyn San Buenaventura, commissioner of the Commission on Audit

– Bahnarim Guinomla, ambassador to Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Maldives as Chief of Mission, class 1

– Linglingay Lacanlale, ambassador to Thailand and permanent representative to the United Nations economic and social commission for Asia and the Pacific, as chief of mission, class 1

– Bayani Mangibin, ambassador to Iraq as chief of mission, class II

– Eva Betita, ambassador to Brazil, Colombia, Guyana and Suriname as chief of mission, class II

– Lourdes Yparraguirre, ambassador to Austria, Croatia, Slovenia and the Slovak Republic, as chief of mission, class II

– Nestor Padalhin, ambassador to Nigeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, the Central African Republic, Cote Equatorial Guinea, Gabonese Republic, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo, as chief of mission, class II

– Romeo Manalo, ambassador to Italy

– Cecilia Rebong, chief of mission, Class I, at post in New York

– Patricia Ann Paez, chief of mission, Class II — RSJ/NPA/LBG, GMANews.TV


6 Responses to New Philippine Ambassador to Nigeria/West Africa

  1. I would like the correct contact info for the Philippine Embassy in Nigeria. I am the director of the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute in Davao City and we will be receiving participants for our annual peacbuilding training from Sierra Leone. They will need to get their visa in Nigeria. One email address I had for the embassy was not good. I would appreciate your help. Thank you, Christine Vertucci

  2. naija pinoy says:


    hope this helps.

  3. Fe Nera says:

    Because am planning to have a visit in Lagos, Nigeria,is this place is not scary to go and visit there? I am a filipina/american and am interested to see that country. Do they have a manufacturing job in that country? because right now am working inthe manufacturing company here in USA as an inspector. Am interested in different country for a new environment. What is your advise if I only want to visit that country am I safe too.

  4. Blessing. says:

    Dear Fe Nera,I’m from Nigeria but base in brazil.Nigeria is very good 4ur plans but u should avoid certain areas like Eastern and southern side in nigeria to avoid Kidnapping me over night.u can base in lagos and Abuja,where many foreigners like u reside.take care.

  5. moncks says:

    hope this will help you…

    Nestor n. Padalhin
    Ambassador Extraordinary & plenipontentiary

    No. 2 Kainji St., Cor Lake Chad
    Cresent Maitama District, Abuja
    P.m.B. 8092, Wuse II
    Federal Republic of Nigeria

    email :

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