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PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTMENT

Century Properties chair, CEO Antonio is special envoy to US

By: - Reporter / @MRamosINQ
/ 02:19 AM November 07, 2016

President Duterte has appointed real estate magnate Jose E.B. Antonio as special envoy to the United States, according to Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr.

In a statement, Yasay described Antonio, chair and chief executive officer of Century Properties Group, 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.

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“Jose Antonio is well-suited to work in advancing the mutual interests of both countries,” Yasay said, adding: “His strong business leadership will steer the Philippines’ trade and economic goals in the right direction and help seize opportunities for both public and private sector Philippine-US businesses while promoting robust relations in the 21st century.”

As special envoy, Antonio was tasked to “enhance business ties and strengthen the economic affairs” of the two countries.

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The real estate magnate established the Philippine-China Business Council when he served as a special envoy with the rank of ambassador to China in 2005.

Antonio currently serves as director of the US-Philippines Society, a group of business leaders.

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