President Duterte appoints Usec. Manalo as acting DFA chief

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday appointed Undersecretary for Policy Enrique Manalo as Acting Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) a day after the Commission on Appointments (CA) rejected lawyer Perfecto Yasay Jr.’s nomination to the post.

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella announced the appointment in a statement, saying Manalo will hold the position until the President appoints a new DFA Secretary.

“Usec. Manalo is an excellent transition man, and has been on top of many crucial issues together with Atty. Perfecto Yasay,” Abella said.

In a unanimous vote on Wednesday, the CA rejected Yasay’s appointment to the post over citizenship issues. Cielito Reganit/