Former SFA Perfecto Yasay remarked on his latest FB post that he was puzzled why the GMA New online news report had to drag his name in this diplomatic passport mess.
Yasay wrote he could only surmise that this was another malicious attempt to discredit his reputation and embarrass President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.
Yasay specifically decried the article dated June 22, 2019 by Michaela de Callar who accused the former SFA that the current diplomatic passport of Alberto del Rosario issued on December 20, 2016 was signed and approved by him.
Yasay vehemently denied this with an emphatic statement, “this is not correct!”
Yasay said that the approval of diplomatic passport of entitled persons under the law (such as President of the Philippines, ex-Presidents, Vice-Presidents, ex-Vice-Presidents and what not) is not the function of the DFA Sec.
Yasay remarked he did not even approved of his diplomatic passport application.
Yasay wrote that as a former SFA, Mr. Del Rosario is not, per se, entitled to a diplomatic passport unless his application is in connection with a diplomatic mission abroad.
Yasasy cited section 14 of the passport law concerning revalidation of Mr. Del Rosario’s unexpired diplomatic passport on the basis of his representation that he was going to HK on a private business is not allowed.
Yasay declared that “not even the Secretary of Foreign Affairs can authorize such revalidation. “
You may start reading Perfecto Yasay’s full FB post.
THE DIPLOMATIC PASSPORT OF
FORMER SFA ALBERTO DEL ROSARIO
A GMA NEWS ONLINE (dated June 22, 2019), by Michaela Del Callar reports that the current diplomatic passport of former Secretary of Foreign Affairs (SFA) Alberto del Rosario was issued on December 20, 2016 as approved by then DFA Secretary Perfecto Yasay, Jr. and valid until December 19, 2021. This is not correct!
It is not normally the function of the SFA to approve the application for diplomatic passport of entitled persons under the law because he or she is imbued with diplomatic status or is on a diplomatic mission, (such as the President and former Presidents of the Philippines, the Vice President and former Vice Presidents, the Senate President, the Speaker, the Chief Justice, Cabinet Secretaries, etc.)
I did not even approve my own diplomatic passport application when I was Foreign Affairs Secretary. This was routinely done as a delegated authority by the DFA Office of Consular Affairs.
However, when the person is not included in the enumeration under Section 7 (a) of the Passport Act of 1996, but is on an official mission abroad, only either the President or the SFA must approve his or her diplomatic passport application.
As a former SFA, Mr. Del Rosario is not, per se, entitled to a diplomatic passport unless his application is in connection with a diplomatic mission abroad. For this reason, I categorically deny having approved his diplomatic passport as stated in the online news report.
On the other hand, revalidation of an otherwise unexpired diplomatic passport is required for a former Cabinet Secretary, when it would be used for a trip abroad involving an official mission for Government.
Under Section 14 of the passport law, the revalidation of Mr. Del Rosario´s unexpired diplomatic passport on the basis of his representation that he was going to HK on a private business is not allowed. Not even the Secretary of Foreign Affairs can authorize such revalidation.
And yet, it is perplexing why this online news report had to drag my name in this diplomatic passport mess. I could only surmise that this is another malicious attempt to discredit my reputation and embarrass President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.