MANILA–The Depart-ment of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday con-firmed that a new office in the agency will be created for former Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella.
According to a docu-ment released by Malaca-ñang, Abella was appointed on October 27 as Under-secretary of DFA.
In a text message, DFA Acting Spokesperson Robespierre Bolivar said Abella will head the newly created strategic commu-nications office.
“Usec. Abella will be in charge of strategic communications. That’s all I have for now,” he said.
Presently, all under-secretary positions at the agency are filled up, name-ly the office of Undersec-retary for Administration headed by Linglingay Lacanlale; Office of the Undersecretary for Inter-national Economic Rela-tions headed by Manuel Antonio Teehankee; Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs headed by Sarah Loue Arriola; Office of Under-secretary for Policy headed by Enrique Manalo; and office of Undersecretary for Civilian Security and Consular Concerns under Jose Luis Montales.
Abella, on October 28, was replaced by former Kabayan partylist Repre-sentative Harry Roque, who officially assumed the role as the presidential spokesperson on Novem-ber 6.
As per Bolivar, Abella “can technically assume any day now since his appointment papers have been issued.”
“We will have to work out the details in the days ahead,” he added. PNA