‘Exciting times’: Panelo on rumor regarding next US ambassador

“Did you hear about the incoming – I don’t know if true, the incoming US Ambassador? Beautiful, maganda, golfer pa, Harvard pa. Ewan ko, basta iyon ang sabi eh. Nakarating na rin sa inyo ha. Exciting times,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said during the July 9 Palace press briefing.

However, Panelo did not mention the name of Mina Chang.

The United States government is reportedly sending current State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO) Mina Chang as the next Ambassador to the Philippines.

According to her profile published at State.gov, Chang is an alumna of the Harvard Business School, a graduate of the United States Army War College National Security Seminar, a Harvard John F. Kennedy Senior Executive in National and International Security and a former International Security Fellow at New America. 

“She has extensive on the ground experience in conflict areas such as in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Nigeria, and the Philippines. She has been an advocate for proactive stabilization as a strategic tool of foreign engagement and an investment in a stronger America abroad,” it added.

Current Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim is set to end his three-year ambassadorship in November.