President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has reappointed Ambassador Manuel Antonio Teehankee as the Philippines’ permanent representative to the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Marcos, who finished his isolation after he tested positive in an Antigen test for Covid-19 last July 8, administered the oath to Teehankee at the Palace Study Room on Friday.
“Pagkatapos ng ating Isolation period, tayo ay nakipag-usap kay Ambassador Manuel Antonio Teehankee at pinangunahan ang kaniyang panunumpa bilang Philippine Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization.” According to the statement posted by President Marcos from his Official Twitter page.
(After my isolation period, I had a dialogue with Ambassador Manuel Antonio Teehankee. I also led his Oath-taking as Philippine Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization)
“During the courtesy call, President Marcos Jr. received the report of Ambassador Teehankee on the outcome of the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference held at the WTO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland on June 12 to 17, 2022,” a Palace statement said.
Executive Secretary Victor Rodriguez, Special Assistant to the President Secretary Antonio Lagdameo Jr., and Presidential Management Staff Secretary Maria Zenaida Angping, were also present during Teehankee’s courtesy call.
Ambassador Teehankee held the same position under the administrations of former Presidents Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Rodrigo Duterte.
In 2019, Teehankee was designated as the chairperson of the Trade Policy Review Body (TPRB), a WTO entity that supervises the implementation of the Trade Policy Review Mechanism.
The TPRB is the third highest body in the WTO hierarchy.
Teehankee likewise served as the chair of the WTO’s Committee on Trade and Environment (CTE) from 2007 to 2011.
Ambassador Teehankee was a Bar topnotcher, a former Justice Undersecretary and Government Corporate Counsel.
In February 2012, he was awarded the Department of Foreign Affairs Distinguished Service Award for his diplomatic service to the country.