By Katherine Evangelista
Senator Francis â€œChizâ€ Escudero on Wednesday called for the immediate appointment of a qualified Philippine ambassador to China
in light of worsening tension in the Panatag Shoal (internationally called Scarborough Shoal).
â€œWe badly need a new ambassador. We are already at a lost at what do in dealing and conveying our complaint to China,â€ Escudero said.
When asked if he has someone in mind for the position, Escudero said he had none. (Note: To Escudero, be part of the solution, and don't be part of the problem. If you don't have a suggestion, you better shut up).
Nevertheless, the senator echoed Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosarioâ€™s suggestion that whoever is appointed as ambassador to China the person should be a career official and not purely a political appointee.