Emily Lopez, not yet an envoy
Looks like the ambitions of socialite Emily Relucio-Lopez, former governor of Guimaras, to be “ambassador” would have to wait a little longer. Gloria Arroyo has extended the term of Philippe Lhuillier as ambassador to Italy.
We know that Lhuillier, after failing to get France, has lobbied to stay in Rome. Looks like his powerful Cebu clout has done it again for him.
But, he has already been granted an agrément by Argentina. What happens now?
If he has been retained for Italy for another term, the Philippines has to withdraw his nomination to Argentina and send someone else there. Would Relucio-Lopez settle for Buenos Aires’ beef instead of Rome and Milan’s fashion?
Lopez’s confirmation is being blocked by Sen. Sergio Osmeña III, whose wife Bettina Mejia-Lopez, is the daughter of Albertito Lopez, whom Emily presents as her “husband”.
There were also maltreatment complaints from teachers whom Lopez employed as maids.
Confirmed were Willy Gaa as ambassador to Washington D.C and Noel Cabrera, ambassador to Myanmar.