Tough luck for PH envoy to China

MANILA, Philippines – His critics say that his only credential is his longtime friendship with the Aquino family. Thus for the third time, the confirmation of Domingo Lee as the Philippines’ ambassador to China was deferred by the bicameral Commission on Appointments (CA). A senator seems convinced that Lee, a businessman, doesn’t know what he’s doing. In a hearing, Sen Sergio Osmeña asked Lee the basics: what’s the basis of the territorial dispute between Manila and Bejing? Where was the last Asean meeting held to discuss the West Philippine sea issue? Suffice it to say Lee’s answers didn’t satisfy Osmeña, an ally of the administration. So it was downhill from there – for Lee.

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