President Rodrigo Duterte named Adnan Alonto as the new ambassador to Saudi Arabia.
The President submitted Alonto's nomination along with the other new ambassadors to the Commission on Appointments (CA).
Attorney Adnan Alonto made waves before when he defended President Duterte during the rising issue of US-based anti-Duterte critics regarding President Duterte's remark on former President Obama.
Among other appointees includes former journalist Teodoro Locsin Jr. as representative to the UN in New York, Jose Santiago to China and former Air Force officer Eduardo Kapunan Jr. to Myanmar, Joseph Yap as ambassador to Singapore along with the reappointments of Bernardina Catalla and Wilfredo Santos as ambassadors to Lebanon and Iran, respectively.
Another political appointee for Brunei turned down a reappointment after getting embarrassed in a CA hearing for not knowing how many Filipinos are there in the sultanate and what were their concerns.
Sen. Franklin Drilon has urged the President to appoint more career officers.
Also submitted to the CA were the reappointments of Environment Secretary Gina Lopez, Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano, Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial and Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, which have been bypassed several times due to problems with other CA members.
Duterte has promised to retain all of them unless the CA rejects their appointments.