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Paynor named PH ambassador to US

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Marciano Paynor is the new Philippine ambassador to the United States.

Paynor’s appointment was announced on Monday (August 29) night by President Duterte.

He will replace outgoing ambassador Jose Cuisia.

“I sounded over Paynor,” Duterte told reporters in an ambush interview in Malacanang. Asked if Paynor already accepted the post, the President said “yes.”

“He is a seasoned foreign career envoy,” he said.

The chief executive said Paynor will be a “good” ambassador, citing his vast experience in the foreign service.

Paynor was born and raised in Baguio City and is part of the Class 1971 of the Philippine Military Academy.

The retired military officer also served as the protocol chief of former presidents Fidel Ramos and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

He was also a former Philippine ambassador to Israel and Cyprus.Duterte said Robert Borje would take over Paynor’s post.

Borje, a former mediaman, is the second secretary to the Permanent Mission of the Philippines to the United Nations.

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