August 1, 2013
MANILA – The Philippine government has approved the appointment of Philip Goldberg as the new US ambassador to Manila.
“We already issued the agrément. I think he will be going before the Senate so we are hopeful, we think that he will be a very good ambassador,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario said Thursday.
Goldberg, who was earlier nominated by US President Barack Obama, will replace outgoing envoy Harry Thomas, Jr.
A leftist group has alleged that Goldberg was expelled from Bolivia in 2008 for allegedly supporting groups opposing the administration of President Evo Morales.
In a statement, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan said Goldberg was ordered by Morales to leave Bolivia because the US official was allegedly fomenting unrest.
Goldberg has denied the accusation. He later told Newsweek that several factors led to his expulsion.
Del Rosario did not comment on Goldberg’s expulsion from Bolivia.
The White House said that Goldberg served as ambassador to Bolivia from 2006 to 2008. From 2005 to 2006, he also served as Chief of Mission in Pristina, Kosovo and from 2001 to 2004, as Charge d’Affaires and Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Santiago, Chile.
In 2001, he served as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs. From 1996 to 2000, he served as Special Assistant and then Executive Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of State. He served as the Department’s Bosnia Desk Officer from 1994 to 1996.
His previous overseas assignments include: Consular and Political Officer at the US Embassy in Bogota,
Colombia and Political-Economic Officer in Pretoria, South Africa.
Goldberg began his career as a Liaison Officer for the City of New York for the United Nations. He received a B.A. from Boston University.