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Independence Day Message of the President
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Declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao
Wednesday, 24 May 2017 08:21    Bookmark and Share PDF Print E-mail


In order to suppress lawless violence and rebellion and for public safety it is necessary to declare Martial Law in the entire island of Mindanao including Sulu, Jolo and Tawi-Tawi for a maximum of 60 days.

The Philippine Government is in full control, and fully aware that the Maute Group / ISIS groups have the capability (although limited) to disturb the peace; they have shown no hesitation in causing havoc, taking innocent lives and destroying property.

Joint Ceasefire Agreement reached in PHL
Thursday, 06 April 2017 14:17    Bookmark and Share PDF Print E-mail

EEAS Statement- Interim Joint Ceasefire Agreement reached in the Philippines

On 5 April the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines reached an Agreement on an Interim Joint Ceasefire which is to be effective until a permanent ceasefire agreement is forged as part of a Comprehensive Agreement on End of Hostilities and Disposition of Forces.

This Interim Agreement demonstrates the power of political processes to resolve conflict. It is an encouraging step towards generating goodwill and trust in the peace negotiations, to encourage the forging of a more stable and comprehensive Joint Ceasefire Agreement and to provide an enabling environment for an early signing of a comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms. If asked, the European Union stands ready to support the implementation of the agreement.

DFA Statement on EP Resolution
Friday, 17 March 2017 08:40    Bookmark and Share PDF Print E-mail

DFA Statement on European Parliament Resolution on the Case of Senator Leila M. De Lima

17 March 2017

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) expresses its concern with the European Parliament's resolution on the case of Senator Leila De Lima as it casts aspersion on Philippine legal processes, its judicial system and the guarantees enshrined in the Constitution to uphold and protect the rights of all individuals. Philippine adherence to the rule of law remains as firm as ever, as is our commitment to the protection of human rights.

While we recognize the independent standing of the European Parliament within the EU system, resolutions that are crafted by its members of Parliament must necessarily possess unimpeachable standards, given the extremely sensitive topic of human rights. It is important that the elected members exert all efforts to secure more accurate information on resolutions, in order to avoid the impression of interfering in the internal affairs of sovereign non-EU countries.

The pillars of the criminal justice system remain to be effective and well- functioning in the Philippines, not only for Senator De Lima but for all.

The case is pending before the proper Philippine courts and the Philippine Government will allow the legal process to proceed accordingly. The Philippine Government asks the international community to refrain from influencing the outcome of a case that is rightly under the jurisdiction of Philippine local courts.

Allegations of state-sponsored extra-judicial killings are disturbing. The government is taking pains to investigate the veracity of these allegations of state-sponsored extra-judicial killings. This is being undertaken precisely to ensure that due process and the rule of law prevail even in situations of crises, such as the enormous drug problem that our society is facing. Public congressional hearings were convened to look into these allegations.

The Philippine Government stands ready and is firmly committed to strengthen existing mechanisms for dialogue and engagement on human rights and other issues with the EU and other international partners.

For instance, President Duterte recently ratified the Philippines-EU Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) which will serve as a general framework for relations between the Philippines and the European Union. As such, it will allow the two sides to address challenges in a more coherent and sustainable manner through regular dialogue. While the PCA will still undergo the concurrence process in the Philippine Senate, we hope the EU side will also complete its ratification process for the agreement. END

Acting Secretary of Foreign Affairs
Thursday, 09 March 2017 12:52    Bookmark and Share PDF Print E-mail


Seasoned career diplomat Undersecretary Enrique Manalo is currently the Acting Secretary of Foreign Affairs. Undersecretary Manalo has been at the forefront in addressing several critical issues on foreign policy. His career in the Philippine Foreign Service spans nearly four decades since he joined the Department in 1979.

Despite being the son of two well-respected diplomats, Usec. Manalo has carved out a name for himself in the world of diplomacy and foreign affairs. Usec. Manalo is the son of the late Ambassador Armando Manalo, a journalist and the former Philippine Ambassador to Belgium and political adviser of the Philippine Mission to the United Nations. His mother is Ambassador Rosario Manalo, the first female career diplomat of the Department of Foreign Affairs who was recently elected by acclamation as the Rapporteur of the 23-member Committee of Experts of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

He is currently the DFA’s Undersecretary for Policy, his second stint in the same position since first taking on the challenge as Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Policy for three years from 2007 to 2010. He has represented the Philippines and has served as the chairman of various international meetings and conferences, the latest of which is the Senior Officials Meeting during the ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting Retreat (AMM Retreat) in Boracay, Malay, Aklan, last February 20.

Before his appointment as the Undersecretary for Policy, Usec. Manalo previously served as the Philippine Ambassador to the United Kingdom from 2011 to 2016; Non-Resident Philippine Ambassador to Ireland from 2013 to 2016; Philippine Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg, and Head of the Philippine Mission to the European Union from 2010 to 2011; and Philippine Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Philippine Mission to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva, Switzerland from 2003 to 2007.

Undersecretary Manalo has served the Department in various capacities prior to his first appointment as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary in 2003. His other tours of duty leading up to his eventual appointment as head of a diplomatic mission include the Philippine Mission to the United Nations in New York and the Philippine Embassy in Washington D.C.

At the home front, he began his career in the Philippine Foreign Service as the Special Assistant to the Office of the Deputy Minister from 1979 to 1981. After completing his first tour of duty at the Philippine Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, he served as the Special Assistant to the First Undersecretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs. He also served as the Assistant Secretary for European Affairs after his stint as the Minister Counsellor of the Philippine Mission to the United Nations in New York from 1998 to 2000.

Usec. Manalo graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of the Philippines. He also completed his M.A. in Economics from the same university.

In between his normally hectic schedule, Usec. Manalo takes a break by reading, listening to classical music, or taking long walks. He is a husband to Madame Pamela Louise Hunt with whom he has two sons.



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