DFA personnel question Yano’s appointment as Brunei ambassador

Rank and file personnel from the Foreign Affairs department are questioning the recent appointment of retiring AFP chief of staff Alexander Yano, as well as that of vice chief of staff, Cardozo Luna. In a statement issued Wednesday, Michael Macaraig pointed out that there are enough foreign service career officers waiting for ambassadorial posts to be vacated so they, too, could have an opportunity to represent their country.

Statement from the Secretary General and President of the Department of Foreign Affairs Personnel Rank and File Association (DFARFA) and of the Department of Foreign Affairs Personnel Association (DFAPA)

I was reading the Philippine Daily Inquirer today, 28 April 2009 and was surprised by what is written on the front page of the said newspaper. It was no other than the Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro announcing to the world that Chief of Staff General Alexander Yano is stepping down 44 days ahead of his retirement on June 13, 2009 to assume a position as Philippine Ambassador to Brunei.

Yano, a retiring military official can opt to retire earlier to be appointed as Philippine Ambassador to Brunei. A career military like General Yano can opt to retire early to be posted as Philippine Ambassador to Brunei: is that the right moral conviction for this military officer?

I would like to remind these career military officers that we also have career Foreign Service Officers waiting for our Posts to be vacated and for our career officers also, who are languishing in the home office, to be appointed as Ambassadors or Head of Post. Right now, we have about more than enough career Foreign Service Officers, lined up to be posted abroad as Ambassador or Consuls General. I would also like to return the favor to these officers whether it is possible that our career Foreign Service Officers can also be appointed as Chief of Staff or Generals to the Armed Forces of the Philippines? If that is all right, then we would like also to be appointed as Chief of Staff or General to the Armed Forces of the Philippines, to let them taste a dose of their own medicine.

I would like to remind that the DFA groomed their own career people that went through a unique process and training. Just like the Armed Forces of the Philippines, we have very highly professionalized career people in order to attain a world class foreign service, because that is our goal, and we will never run out of these career people who are in line for foreign assignment to man these foreign service posts. Why is the Armed Forces of the Philipines encroaching into our career system? For Mr. Teodoro to announce these retiring military officers as Ambassadors to Brunei and The Netherlands as if he is the President of the Philippines is a clear violation of the Department of Foreign Affairs’ career pattern and program.

signed,
Michael Macaraig
DFARFA Secretary General and DFAPA president

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