Statement of Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda:
On the appointment of Albert del Rosario as Acting Secretary of Foreign Affairs
[Released on February 24, 2011]
The President has sworn in former Ambassador Albert del Rosario as Acting Secretary of Foreign Affairs. He comes with a sterling track record in foreign service to show that he will serve the President and the Republic with integrity and the highest devotion to the democratic principles that underscore all official actions, domestic and foreign.
He comes into office at a time filled with many challenges. The President believes that he must be brought to harness at the soonest possible time to be fully briefed and engaged.
Secretary del Rosario is a choice that can harmonize our professional foreign service, with the President as architect of our foreign policy, so that all are working together to pursue our national interest. The Chief Executive has every expectation that theirs will be a productive and energetic working relationship.