Enrique A. Manalo
Official portrait, 2022
28th Secretary of Foreign Affairs
Assumed office
July 1, 2022
PresidentBongbong Marcos
Preceded byTeodoro Locsin Jr.
In office
March 9, 2017 – May 17, 2017
(Acting)
PresidentRodrigo Duterte
Preceded byPerfecto Yasay Jr. (Ad interim)
Succeeded byAlan Peter Cayetano
21st Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations
In office
February 28, 2020[1] – July 1, 2022
PresidentRodrigo Duterte
Preceded byTeodoro Locsin Jr.
Succeeded byAntonio M. Lagdameo
Undersecretary for Policy of the Department of Foreign Affairs
In office
April 30, 2016 – February 28, 2020
PresidentBenigno Aquino III
Rodrigo Duterte
Ambassador of the Philippines to the United Kingdom
In office
2011–2016
PresidentBenigno Aquino III
Preceded byAntonio M. Lagdameo
Succeeded byEvan Garcia
Personal details
Born
Enrique A. Manalo

(1952-07-21) July 21, 1952 (age 71)
Manila,[2] Philippines
SpousePamela Louise Hunt
Children2
Alma materUniversity of the Philippines Diliman (BEcon, M.Ec)

Enrique A. Manalo (born July 21, 1952) is a Filipino diplomat currently serving as the Secretary of Foreign Affairs under the Marcos Jr. administration since July 1, 2022.[3] He previously served in an acting role under the Duterte administration from March 9 to May 17, 2017,[4] when Perfecto Yasay Jr.'s ad-interim appointment confirmation was rejected by the Commission on Appointments due to citizenship issues.[5] He also previously served as Philippine Ambassador to the United Kingdom from 2011 to 2016, Undersecretary for Policy of the Department of Foreign Affairs from 2016 to 2020, and the 21st Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations from 2020 to 2022.[6]

Early life and education

Manalo was born on July 21, 1952, in Manila to diplomats Armando Manalo and Jimena Austria.[2] Manalo attended the University of the Philippines Manila, where he obtained both a bachelor's and a master's degree in economics.[7][8]

Career

Manalo has been working with the Department of Foreign Affairs since 1979.[9] He began his career in the foreign service as the Special Assistant to the Office of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1979 to 1981.[10] After that, he completed his first tour of duty at the Philippine Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland until 1986. From 1986 to 1989, he was the First Secretary and consul at the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C., and then served as the Special Assistant to the First Undersecretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs until 1992.[11]

From 1992 to 1998, he was the Minister Counselor at the Philippine Mission to the United Nations in New York and thereafter, as Assistant Secretary for European Affairs. He was back at the Philippine Mission to the United Nations in New York from 2000 to 2003 serving as its Deputy Permanent Representative (with rank of Ambassador). He then served as the Permanent Representative of the Philippine Mission to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva, Switzerland from 2003 to 2007.[11] From 2005 to 2007, he served as the elected chairman of the 41st and 42nd session of the World Intellectual Property Organization General Assembly.[12]

In 2007, he was appointed DFA Undersecretary for Policy, serving until 2010. From 2010 to 2011, he served as the Philippine Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg and head of the Philippine Mission to the European Union. He served as the ambassador of the Philippines to the United Kingdom from 2011 to 2016[13] and a non-resident ambassador to Ireland from 2013 to 2016.[14][10]

In April 2016, he was appointed again as Undersecretary for Policy and on March to May 2017, and served as acting Secretary of Foreign Affairs after the rejection of Perfecto Yasay Jr.'s ad-interim appointment by the Commission on Appointments (CA),[15] with the post of Secretary of Foreign Affairs subsequently taken by former senator Alan Peter Cayetano upon the latter's confirmation by the Commission on Appointments on May 17, 2017.[16] In August 2018, Manalo was appointed by President Duterte as the ambassador of the Philippines to Germany[17] and in February 2020, he was appointed as the 21st Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations, of which has been left vacant since October 12, 2018, after former UN Permanent Representative Teodoro Locsin Jr. left the post to become the Secretary of Foreign Affairs (replacing Cayetano, whom the latter resigned as Secretary of Foreign Affairs on October 17, 2018, upon running for the post of representative of Taguig–Pateros in the May 2019 elections, of which Cayetano eventually won). Manalo's appointment as permanent representative of the Philippines to the United Nations was confirmed by the Commission on Appointments on March 4, 2020,[18] and later, he presented his credentials to the Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres on July 27, 2020.[19]

Manalo (left) with United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken, April 2023

In July 2022, Manalo was appointed by President Bongbong Marcos to serve as the Secretary of Foreign Affairs, having previously served the post in an acting capacity in the Duterte administration, of which he was sworn in on July 1, 2022, succeeding Teodoro Locsin Jr., and eventually vacating the post of permanent representative of the Philippines to the United Nations on the same day (of which the latter post would later be filled up by former Philippine ambassador to the United Kingdom, Antonio M. Lagdameo on July 7, 2022;[20] succeeding Manalo).[3][21] The appointment of Manalo as the Secretary of Foreign Affairs was later confirmed by the Commission on Appointments's foreign affairs committee on September 28, 2022.[22][23]

Awards and recognition

Honors and titles conferred on Ambassador Manalo in recognition of his exceptional and distinguished service to the Republic of the Philippines include:

Personal life

Manalo is married to Pamela Louise Hunt-Manalo. They have two sons.[8]

See also

References

  1. ^ "New Permanent Representative of Philippines Presents Credentials". United Nations. April 19, 2017. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "About the Secretary". Official Website - Department of Foreign Affairs, Republic of the Philippines. April 18, 2023.
  3. ^ a b "Marcos appoints career diplomat as foreign affairs chief". CNN Philippines. July 1, 2022. Archived from the original on July 1, 2022. Retrieved July 1, 2022.
  4. ^ Macas, Trisha; del Callar, Michaela (March 9, 2017). "Duterte appoints Enrique Manalo as acting DFA secretary". GMA News. Retrieved March 18, 2017.
  5. ^ Corales, Nestor (March 9, 2017). "Enrique Manalo named acting Foreign Secretary after Yasay rejection". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved March 9, 2017.
  6. ^ Mendez, Christina. "Duterte names new envoy to UN, other appointees". The Philippine Star. Retrieved April 1, 2020.
  7. ^ Cellona, Jonathan (March 9, 2017). "Duterte names DFA Usec Manalo to replace Yasay". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved March 18, 2017.
  8. ^ a b Lee-Brago, Pia (March 10, 2017). "Career diplomat takes over at DFA". The Philippine Star. Retrieved March 10, 2017.
  9. ^ Dancel, Raul (March 10, 2017). "Philippine veteran diplomat is acting foreign secretary". The Straits Times. Singapore Press Holdings Ltd. Co. Retrieved March 10, 2017.
  10. ^ a b "Acting Secretary of Foreign Affairs Enrique A. Manalo". Embassy of the Philippines in Budapest, Hungary. Retrieved March 2, 2020.
  11. ^ a b "New Philippine Ambassador Assumes Post". Embassy of the Philippines in Brussels, Belgium. March 11, 2020. Retrieved September 11, 2021.
  12. ^ Jalbuena, Katrice R. (September 28, 2008). "Manalo to preside over WIPO meeting". The Manila Times.
  13. ^ "CA confirms Foreign Affairs Secretary Del Rosario, 22 new ambassadors, 39 officers". Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines. May 31, 2011. Retrieved April 2, 2020.
  14. ^ Department of Foreign Affairs. "New Ambassadors present Credentials - New Ambassadors present Credentials - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade". www.dfa.ie. Retrieved April 1, 2020.
  15. ^ "Duterte appoints Enrique Manalo as acting DFA secretary". GMA News. Retrieved April 1, 2020.
  16. ^ "CA panel approves Cayetano appointment as DFA chief". CNN Philippines. May 17, 2017. Archived from the original on May 19, 2017. Retrieved August 17, 2022.
  17. ^ "Ex-DFA acting chief Manalo named ambassador to Germany". GMA News. Retrieved April 1, 2020.
  18. ^ "CA approves Duterte's appointment of Manalo as Philippine envoy to UN". GMA News. Retrieved April 1, 2020.
  19. ^ "New Permanent Representative of Philippines Presents Credentials". United Nations. July 27, 2020. Retrieved August 11, 2022.
  20. ^ Flores, Helen. "Lagdameo named envoy to UN; Cua heads PCSO". The Philippine Star. Retrieved August 3, 2022.
  21. ^ Mercado, Neil Arwin (July 1, 2022). "Bongbong Marcos appoints career diplomat Enrique Manalo as DFA secretary". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved July 2, 2022.
  22. ^ "CA confirms appointment of DFA, DBM chiefs". CNN Philippines. September 28, 2022. Archived from the original on June 29, 2023. Retrieved June 29, 2023.
  23. ^ Joseph Pedrajas (September 29, 2022). "Manalo thanks CA for confirming appointment as DFA chief". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved June 29, 2023.
  24. ^ "President Duterte confers Presidential Awards on outstanding DFA officials". Presidential Communications Operations Office.
  25. ^ "6 Filipino diplomats receive PH's highest honors". www.pna.gov.ph.
  26. ^ "President Duterte confers Gawad Mabini award upon 6 DFA officials". Presidential Communications Operations Office.