PNoy receives 10 non-resident envoys

Posted at 06/10/2014 2:54 PM

MANILA - President Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday received the credentials of the following 10 non-resident ambassadors to the Philippines.

1. Republic of the Marshall Islands Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Philippines, His Excellency Thomas Kijiner;

2. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Uganda to the Philippines, Her Excellency Betty Grace Akech-Okullo;

3. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Guinea to the Philippines, His Excellency Senkoun Sylla;

4. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Cyprus to the Philippines, His Excellency Pantelakis Eliades;

5. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Malta to the Philippines, His Excellency Clifford Borg-Marks;

6. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Estonia to the Philippines, His Excellency Andres Unga;

7. Slovak Republic Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Philippines, His Excellency Michal Slivovic;

8. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Armenia to the Philippines, Her Excellency Raisa Vardanyan;

9. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Iceland to the Philippines, His Excellency Hannes Heimisson; and

10. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Jamaica to the Philippines, His Excellency Clement Philip Ricardo Allicock.

Ambassadors cannot discharge their functions unless their credentials are presented to the President.

In his welcome speech, Aquino pointed out that they come at a time when the Philippines is marking its 116th Independence Day.

"I cannot help but remember what my father once said: that the first freedom is the freedom from hunger. I believe this is precisely why all our countries are making an effort to deepen our bonds with friends in the international community: to ensure that our people have the resources to live dignified lives and, above that, to help give them the wherewithal to develop their skills, to work, and to build better futures for themselves and their families," he said.

Aquino also once again reiterated the achievements of his administration.

"Look around, and you will realize that the Philippines you see today is very different from the Philippines of the past. These past four years, our people have empowered us on our campaign to reform the way government works. It has been our people who have given us the wherewithal to truly dismantle the vicious cycle of corruption, negativity, and underachievement that has long held our country back, and to replace it with a virtuous cycle where true public service, social justice, and compassion for one's fellowmen are able to build a true regime of opportunities for our countrymen," he said.