Teddy Boy Locsin appointed as Philippine ambassador to United Nations

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Teddy Boy Locsin will be the Philippines' next ambassador to the United Nations

Veteran television and newspaper commentator Teodoro “Teddy Boy” Locsin Jr. has accepted President Rodrigo Duterte’s offer to be the Philippines’ permanent ambassador to the United Nations or UN. This was relayed to the media by Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar early Sunday afternoon. He will succeed career diplomat Lourdes Yparraguirre in the position.

Locsin, a speechwriter to the late former President Corazon Aquino and then a three-term congressman for Makati City, currently appears on ABS-CBN News Channel’s The World Tonight for his segment “Teditorial” where he gives his views on the hottest news of the day. Apart from that, he is also an active user of microblogging site Twitter where his off-the-cuff remarks on all sorts of topics has oftentimes put him at odds with other popular personalities.

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Teddy Boy Locsin will be the Philippines’ next ambassador to the United Nations

His appointment comes amidst escalating tensions between the Duterte administration and the UN. It began in June when UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said that he was deeply disturbed by statements made Duterte weeks before his inauguration. “I unequivocally condemn his apparent endorsement of extrajudicial killing, which is illegal and a breach of fundamental rights and freedoms,” he said at the time.

Two months later, the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime chastised the Duterte government for the ballooning number of casualties in the War on Drugs. In a statement, UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov said that the rise of drug-related killings “contravene the provisions of the international drug control conventions” and “do not serve the cause of justice.”

In response to the biting criticisms, Duterte last month threatened to have the Philippines leave the UN – a statement that his spokespersons eventually walked back. Last week, he refused to have a meeting with Ban during the recently-concluded Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit in Vientiane, Laos.

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Mark Madrona is a prize-winning blogger, online journalist, and educator from the Philippines. Previously a book editor, he is now teaching communication subjects for two public universities in Manila. His blog The Filipino Scribe won 3rd place in a blog competition organized by the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific (ANSA-EAP). In 2015, it was one of the finalists in the 2015 Lasallian Scholarum Awards for Best Online Feature Article in Youth and Education. He also won the Best Blog Award during the 2011 Population and Development Media Awards, the youngest recipient of that recognition. Know more about him here: http://www.filipinoscribe.com/about/.

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