Dureza named Special Envoy to EU; Tulfo to China

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 25 October) – President Rodrigo Duterte has named Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza Special Envoy to the European Union and columnist Ramon Tulfo as Special Envoy for Public Diplomacy to the People’s Republic of China.

Their appointments were signed on October 23 but released only on October 25.

Dureza’s appointment is  until December 31, 2018 and was supposed to have started, according to his appointment paper, on July 1.

President Rodrigo Duterte speaks with Secretary Jesus Dureza of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process after the presentation of the Peace Roadmap at the State Dining Room of the Malacañan Palace on Monday evening, July 18, 2016. ACE MORANDANTE/PPDurez

Reached for comment, Dureza said his concurrent post is a special tasking as  “errand boy ni Presidente sa 27 EU countries.”

Unlike Dureza’s appointment which specifies the period (July 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018), Tulfo’s appointment says “six months.”

Weeks before  Duterte signed Tulfo’s appointment, Tulfo had written about his new job as Special Envoy.

On October 6,  Tulfo wrote in his column in the Philippine Daily Inquirer (“Special Envoy to Chine my nex tjob”), that during his tete-a-tete with President Duterte in Malacanang on October 4, the President said he had a big chance to become senator because of his standing in the surveys — 11th to 17th place in Pulse Asia and 13th place in the Philippine Survey and Research Center, that he would give him “a little amount” for the campaign and will even campaign for him.

“The President said he wanted me to help him so I broached the idea of becoming a special envoy to China, which he approved,” Tulfo wrote, adding that “as special envoy to China, which pays only P1 per year, I could retain my public service program  – Isumbong mo kay Tulfo – on dzRP, my bread and butter.”

“As special envoy to China, I could bring in Chinese investors on agriculture and fisheries,” he wrote.  (MindaNews)