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Marcos ends isolation and leads swearing-in

Published on: Sunday July 17, 2022


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Marcos swears in Ambassador Teehankee as the Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the World Trade Organization in Malacañang.

MANILA: President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. resumed face-to-face activities on Friday, leading the swearing-in of Ambassador Manuel Antonio Teehankee as the Philippines’ permanent representative to the World Trade Organization (WTO). Marcos shared on his official Facebook account the photos while swearing in Teehankee at Malacañang Palace in Manila. “After my period of isolation, I had a dialogue with Ambassador Manuel Antonio Teehankee. I also led his swearing in as the Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the World Trade Organization,” said Marks.

In another Facebook post, Radio Television Malacañang (RTVM) said the swearing-in ceremony took place in the study room of the Palace. “During the courtesy visit, President Marcos Jr. received Ambassador Teehankee’s report on the outcome of the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference held at the WTO headquarters in Geneva, in Switzerland, June 12-17, 2022,” RTVM said. Executive Secretary Victor Rodriguez, Special Assistant to the Presidential Secretary Antonio Lagdameo Jr., and Presidential Management Staff Secretary Maria Zenaida Angping were also present during Teehankee’s courtesy visit. Marcos’ latest public engagement officially ended his seven-day mandatory isolation after contracting coronavirus disease 2019. Teehankee served in the same position under the administrations of Presidents Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Rodrigo Duterte.


In 2019, Teehankee was appointed Chair of the Trade Policy Review Body (TPRB), a WTO body that oversees the implementation of the Trade Policy Review Mechanism. The TPRB is the third highest body in the hierarchy of the WTO. He also served as Chairman of the Trade and Environment Committee of the WTO from 2007 to 2011. Topnotcher of the Bar, Teehankee previously served as Undersecretary of Justice and Corporate Counsel to the Philippine government.


In February 2012, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for his diplomatic service in the country.
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