Ramon Tulfo gets another 6 months as special envoy to China

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 28) — President Rodrigo Duterte has reappointed broadcaster and newspaper columnist Ramon "Mon" Tulfo as his special envoy for public diplomacy to China.

Tulfo will serve another six-month term, according to the document signed by the President on Monday and released by Malacañang Tuesday.

He first took over the post in October 2018 amid the country's long-standing dispute with China on the South China Sea and the controversial influx of Chinese workers in the country.

Tulfo drew flak last March for saying that Filipino workers have bad work ethics, making their Chinese counterparts more desirable to employers. He never apologized for what he said despite criticisms from his fellow government officials, including Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III.

A big number of Chinese nationals have flown to the country since Duterte assumed office in 2016 and pursued friendlier ties with Beijing. The Chinese government has provided funds and loans for the government's massive infrastructure program, but both Manila and Beijing officials dismissed fears the Philippines could fall into a debt trap.