New US envoy to PH Philip Goldberg arrives in Manila

November 26, 2013 5:00 AM

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By: November 26, 2013 8:50 AM

MANILA - United States Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg has arrived in Manila Monday night, Tina Malone of the US embassy here said in a text message.

The deployment of Goldberg, the former US Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Research who was kicked out of Bolivia over allegations of funding the opposition, was rushed so that he could help in relief and rehabilitation efforts in the aftermath of typhoon Yolanda, the US government said.

Goldberg replaces Ambassador Harry Thomas, who ended his tour of duty in the Philippines earlier this year.

“We want to have our ambassador on the ground in the Philippines,” said Secretary of State John Kerry during the swearing-in ceremony of Goldberg Thursday morning (Thursday night Manila time) in Washington DC, reportedly the earliest Treaty Room swearing-in in the history of the State Department.

The scheduling of his swearing in was so hasty that Goldberg’s family from Boston, Nashville, and New York, were not able to attend the ceremony.

In his remarks after oath-taking, he said he is heading to Manila with “mixed emotions.”

“I’m excited and honored to be going to the Philippines, a country with which we share so much history,” said Goldberg, a native of Boston, Massachusetts and a graduate of The Rivers School and Boston University.

“At the same time, it’s hard to think of the suffering of so many people in the Philippines in recent weeks and all they’ve endured without a touch of sadness and without being moved.”

Goldberg takes his office as the Philippines and the United States finalize the framework agreement on increased US military rotational presence in the Philippines.


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