Our Beijing envoy
As tension with China escalates over the Spratlys, here comes Malacanang with a surprise announcement: the President has named Domingo Lee as Manila’s new ambassador to Beijing.
On its second page today, June 5, 2011, the Inquirer aptly wrote, “P-Noy names unknown envoy to China.” It’s been the buzz in the last few weeks that Lee’s appointment papers have been signed. When the Palace confirmed it yesterday, it did not even feel compelled to release any biodata or background on Lee that would give reporters a sense of his credentials. China, after all, is not Peru, if you know what we mean. It’s a most important and crucial diplomatic position.
We know that Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario’s first choice for the post was banker Eduardo Go. But it is beginning to look like to the
President, appointments are personal. Take the case of Lee who is generally described in the media as a family friend of the Aquinos.
Well, this dates back to the years that Ninoy Aquino was in jail! Here’s what we have gathered so far: Lee was one of the first Chinoy businessmen who supported Ninoy Aquino when he was detained by Marcos. That’s how tight and old the ties are. When Cory became president, she
named Lee as ambassador at large and head of MECO, the Manila Economic and Cultural Office based in Taiwan. Under the Cory years, he ran an alcohol distillery company. His big business today is Tower Steel.
this particular appointment, the warring Balay and Samar factions could only sit and watch. The sisters won this time around.—Newsbreak