“We’ve seen this claim. It is not true,” the United States Embassy in Philippines said amid rumor about the upcoming appointment of current US State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO) Mina Chang as the next Ambassador to the Philippines.
“In September 2018, the White House announced the President’s intent to nominate Mina Chang to be an Assistant Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for the Bureau of Asia,” the US Embassy said.
It added that the nomination for USAID position was referred to the Foreign Relations Committee of the US Senate last January. “There have been no additional White House announcements regarding her nomination to the USAID position,” the US Embassy noted.
Current Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim is set to end his three-year ambassadorship in November.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo on July 9 expressed excitement about the report on next US Ambassador but did not mention the name of Mina Chang.
“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,” Panelo said.