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07MANILA197 2007-01-17 09:41 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Manila
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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PINR PREL UN RP
SUBJECT: NEW PHILIPPINE PERMREP TO UN

¶1. (U) President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on January 14 swore in
retired Supreme Court Chief Justice Hilario “Jun” G. Davide, Jr. as
the new Philippine permanent representative to the United Nations in
New York., replacing Ambassador Baja. He follows in the footsteps
of Supreme Court Chief Justice Claudio Teehankee, whom
then-President Corazon Aquino appointed as the Philippine permanent
representative to the UN in 1988.

¶2. (SBU) Comment: Justice Davide’s nomination sparked some
controversy, with critics claiming it was a “payback” for his
favorable ruling on the “constructive resignation” of then-President
Estrada in 2001 that led to then-Vice President Arroyo assuming the
Presidency after the “EDSA 2” people power movement. The President
chose to sidestep the Congressional Commission on Appointments with
this swearing in during the Christmas Congressional recess, perhaps
to avoid a partisan debate on the alleged political aspects of the
nomination, as well as his age. However, Davide is viewed by most
knowledgeable Filipinos as an honorable individual and an effective
Chief Justice, who helped shape the judiciary’s internal reform
programs. President Arroyo had also entrusted him with a review of
and recommendations for electoral reform after his retirement, but
his report has never become public. The Embassy, in particular
USAID, worked closely with Justice Davide and his staff on both
judicial and electoral reform, and found him intelligent, courtly,
and friendly toward the United States. His lack of familiarity with
international diplomacy and the work of the United Nations will
likely make him a less pro-active representative than his
predecessor and more apt to follow guidance from Manila (when it is
available). End Comment.

¶3. (U) Bio notes:
Born: December 20, 1935, Cebu province (Central Visayas)
Education: University of the Philippines (Associate in Arts 1955,
Bachelor of Science in Jurisprudence 1958, Bachelor of Laws 1959)
Work experience:
— 1998-2005 Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
— 1991-1998 Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
— 1989-1991 Chairman of the Presidential Fact Finding Commission
— 1988-1990 Chairman of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC)
— 1986 Commissioner of the Constitutional Convention
— 1978-1984 Member of Congress (Minority Floor Leader)
— 1962-1968 Faculty Member of Southwestern University, Cebu City
— 1959-1963 Private Secretary in the Governor’s office, Cebu
province
Awards: Numerous, including Magsaysay Award for Government Service
2002
Spouse: Virginia Jimenea Perez
Children: Hilario III, Joseph Bryan Hilary, Sheryl Ann, Noreen,
Delster Emmanuel
Religion: Catholic (Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus)
Languages: English, Tagalog
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