President Duterte has appointed Jose Antonio as the Philippines’ special envoy to the United States, the chair and chief executive officer of Century Properties Group who had partnered with U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump for the construction of an Trump tower in Makati.
DFA secretary Yasay confirmend Wednesday about the appointment. In a statement, Yasay described Antonio, as the “perfect choice for the position” due to his years of experience as a business leader and his “wide network” in the business community in the United States.
The announcement about Antonio’s new post came on the eve of the US elections. Trump is running for president against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Despite his appointment, Antonio said he will stay on as chairman and CEO of Century Properties Group.
Donald Trump is the 45th President of the United States after winning the election.