Obama names Harry K. Thomas Jr. as new US ambassador to the Philippines

Harry K. Thomas Jr. (Photo courtesy of US State Department website)

Harry K. Thomas Jr. (Photo courtesy of US State Department website)

A few months prior to the holding of important national elections in the country, President Obama announced today that he will be designating Harry Thomas as the new US ambassador to the Philippines. I think he would be the first African-American to serve the post in Manila.

Soon after Obama made the announcement, outgoing US Ambassador Kristie Kenney emailed this statement to journalists in Manila:

It has been an extraordinary honor and privilege to serve as the Ambassador of the United States to the Republic of the Philippines for more than three and a half years. Working with so many Filipinos, from all walks of life, has been one of the most memorable experiences of my life. I have come to deeply appreciate not just the warmth and friendship of Filipinos, but also their determination to make their country, region, and world a better place for their children and grandchildren. It has been a true pleasure to live in this beautiful country, and to lead the U.S. Embassy in efforts to partner with the government and people of the Philippines for the greater good of Americans and Filipinos alike.

Now, for personal and professional reasons, I need to plan my return to the United States. So it is with great pleasure that I learned that President Obama has named my successor.

According to the White House announcement, Thomas is a senior US diplomat.  He served as as executive secretary of the State Department, among others:

Harry K. Thomas, Jr. is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service and served most recently as Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources. He previously served as a Special Assistant to the Secretary and Executive Secretary of the Department. Thomas, who joined the Foreign Service in 1984, served as U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh from 2003 to 2005. He also served in the White House as the Director for South Asia at the National Security Council from 2001 to 2002. His other postings include: New Delhi, India; Harare, Zimbabwe; Kaduna, Nigeria; and Lima, Peru. He has served as Senior Watch Officer, Deputy Director, and Director of the State Department Operations Center; Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs; and Staff Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for African Affairs. Thomas holds a bachelors degree from the College of the Holy Cross.

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  1. DEAR SIR,

    MY HEARTFUL GREETINGS TO YOU., MY NAME IS JIMMY COSEP COLLYER OF CEBU CITY, VISAYAS, PHILIPPINES, I AM A COLLEGE TEACHER OF THE COLLEGE OF CRIMINOLOGY IN TWO SCHOOLS OWNED BY DR ARTEMIO PANGANIBAN WHO WAS A FORMER NBI PERSONNEL AS A BALLISTICIAN.,

    YOUR EMINENCE, ACTUALLY I JOINED A FOUNDATION NAMED RIGHTEOUS FORM OF GOVERNMENT MOVEMENT INTERNATIONAL, INCORPORATED UNDER THE NAME OF MS ANDREA S. MICHALAWICZ WITH THE SECURITY AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION REGISTRATION NUMBER CONTROL NUMBER 201030768., DURING HER SEMINAR WITH US AT THE VERY HOUSE OF OUR CHAPTER HEAD MR HERVICO LINDUGAN DESIERTO SHE KEPT ON UTTERING THE NAME OF BILL GATES OR MR WILLIAM HENRY BILL GATES – III AND MR THOMAS J. HOLMES THAT THEY ARE THE ONE GIVING THE FINANCIAL SUPPORT WHEN WE RECRUITES POOR PEOPLE AND THE POOREST OF THE POOR FOR A JOB OFFERS.,

    SO, WITHOUT ANY HESITATION I IMMEDIATELY STARTED THE RECRUITMENT BEFORE THE NATIONAL ELECTION IN OUR COUNTRY AND DURING THE LOCAL ELECTION AS WELL BE CAUSE I DON’T WANT TO BE MIS-CALLED OR MIS-NAMED AS I WILL GIVE THE COLLECTED BIODATAS AND RESUMEE TO POLITICAL ASPIRANTS BUT RIGHT THE VERY DAY AFTER THE SUCCESSIVE TWO ELECTIONS I RESUMED MY COLLECTION OF BIODATA AND PROCEEDED TO ORIENTATIONS, SEMINARS, CONFERENCES, MEETINGS, TELLING THAT JOB AVAILABLES ARE AT GRABBING DISTANCE ONLY BECAUSE OF THE HELP OF MR BILL GATES.,

    UNTIL THIS TIME I REACHED THE POSITION OF A ROYAL AMBASSADOR AS A DESIGHATION GRANTED BY OUR CHAPTER HEAD, AT THIS TIME I HAVE ALMOST 40 THOUSAND ROYAL MEMBERS IN MY LINE ALONE AND AT THIS MOMENT MY AMBASSADORS ARE DELIGENTLY FIXING THEIR RESPECTIVE FOLDERS FOR ROYAL LEADERSHIP, AND WE ARE HUMBLY WAITING FOR THE COMING OF THE SO-CALLED EXALTED PERSONALITIES FROM ABROAD BASED ON THE SCHEDULE GIVEN BY MR THOMAS J. HOLMES AS PER ORDER BY MR BILL GATES.,

    MR THOMAS J. HOLMES CALLED ME UP FIRST THEN HE IDENTIFIED HIMSELF AS THOMAS HOLMES AND HE TOLD ME THAT HIS WIFE IS FILIPINA THEN FOLLOWED BY A SOME TEXT MEASSAGES TELLING THAT THE RIGHTEOUS IS VERY TRUE AND THEY ARE ACTUALLY COMING TO THE PHILIPPINES, AND HE TEXTED ME AGAIN THE NEXT MORNING SAYING: ” HELLOH! MR COLLYER PLS INFORM ALLOFFICERS OF YOUR CHAPTER UNTIL MARCH15,20011 ORDER BY BILL GATES SO PLS TELL YOUR YOUR CHAPTER HEAD OPERATIONS STARTS THE OJT FROM MARCH 20 TO 31 THANKS GOD BLESS YOU.

    SO BY THIS SCHEDULE WHICH I ALREADY SPREADED OUT AND DESSIMINATED TO ALL OFFICERS OF RIGHTEOUS INVISAYAS CHAPTER ACCORDING TO THOMAS HOLMES HELD ME TO WORRIES BECAUSE TODAY IS ALREADY MARCH 17, 2011 YET I COULD NOT SEE ANY MANIFESTATION FOR THE PURSUANT OF OJT THIS COMING MARCH 20, 2011.,

    ALTHOUGH SOME OF MY LEADERS TOLD ME THAT YOU WAS INTERVIEWED BY MR MIKE ENRIQUEZ AT DZBB RADIO STATION WAS FLASHED TO UNANG HIRIT GMA TELEVISION, ACCORDING TO THEM YOU MENTIONED THE SAME BY GIVING A STATEMENT THAT YOU IN THE PHILIPPINES TO GIVE JOBS AND YOU ARE COMING TO CEBU CITY TO MEET WITH THE ROYAL AMBASSADORS., I WAS VERY HAPPY HEARING SUCH KIND OF GOOD NEWS BECAUSE I UNDERSTAND EVEN THOUGH YOU DID NOT MENTIONED THE RIGHTEOUS BUT I CAN SENSED THAT YOU NARE ADDRESSING IT TO US BECAUSE ONLY THE RIGHTEOUS GROUP IS USING THE POSITIONING NAME OF “ROYAL AMBASSADOR, AMBASSADOR, ROYAL LEADERS, AND ROYAL MEMBERS.,

    MAY MY ANTICIPATIONS AND APPREHENSIONS ARE ALL CORRECT AND YOU ARE ACTUALLY COMING ANE MEETING WITH US ROYAL AMBASSADORS HERE IN CEBU CITY., FOR YOU INFORMATION SIR., FOR SO MANY TIMES I ALREADY RECEIVED SOME DEATH THREATS THAT THEY WILL RESORT TO WITCHCRAFT IF THE ROMISED JOBS AND OJT THIS COMING MARCH 20, 2011 WILL NOT REALIZED AND MATERIALISED THE RATHER KILL ME., BUT I AM NOT AFRAID FOR I BELEIVED IN MY NAKED HEART THAT EVERYTHING IS TRUE THAT THIS PROGRAM WILL PURSUE AND THAT THESE PEOPLE AROUND THIS ORGANIZATION OR FOUNDATION ARE ALL TRUE AND EXISTING., ” that they are not just the by-products of imagination and hallunicinations that my very life alone is now at stake “.,

    GOD BLESS YOU ALL SIR AND MORE POWER ……….

    JIMMY COSEP COLLYER
    ROYAL AMBASSADOR OF
    RIGHTEOUS FORM OF
    MOVEMENT INT’L., INC.
    CEBU CITY, VISAYAS
    CHAPTER, PHILS.

  2. March 2011 have passed and no job and ojt as promised…. But why do you keep on organizing??? Why do you keep on asking Php 100.00 for each ID Card??? And where are the ID cards??? Fool yourself…

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