US en­voy and AC’s EdPam

Sun.Star Pampanga - - OPINOIOPNINION -

A spe­cial con­voy of black SUVs ar­rived in An­ge­les City hall last week. One of the es­corts opened the pas­sen­ger door of one of the ve­hi­cles, and get­ting off was United States Am­bas­sador to the Philip­pines Sung Kim. He was here to pay a cour­tesy visit af­ter he met with DOTr Sec­re­tary Art Tu­gade and the Amer­i­can Cham­ber of Com­merce in Clark. As he was go­ing in the city hall, he was wel­comed by the city’s tourism of­fi­cer John Mon­tances and then of­fered flow­ers by Me­lan Lusung. He but­toned his suit while go­ing up the stairs ready to meet EdPam for the first time.

At the mayor’s of­fice, he was warmly wel­comed by LCP Pres­i­dent Ed Pam­intuan who also hap­pens to be the chair­man of the Re­gional Devel­op­ment Coun­cil of Cen­tral Lu­zon. Stand­ing tall at around 5-foot 10, and his mane cov­ered with shades of grey, Am­bas­sador Kim looked neat and dap­per; it’s no won­der why the 68th U.S. Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry called Am­bas­sador Kim as the “George Clooney of the For­eign Ser­vice.”

The af­fa­ble and smooth emis­sary of Ko­rean de­scent was born in Seoul but grew up in Los An­ge­les where he at­tended mid­dle school and high school. But like many Filipinos, he’s fond of watch­ing bas­ket­ball games. He also en­joyed watch­ing the ri­valry be­tween Ate­neo and La Salle.

Sung Kim and EdPam have dis­cussed var­i­ous top­ics dur­ing the am­bas­sador’s first visit to this highly ur­ban­ized city. The U.S. en­voy shared his per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence with Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte. He de­scribed him as a man with pleas­ant per­son­al­ity. Kim also men­tioned that he’s been hear­ing good things about the An­ge­les City mayor and of Pam­intuan be­ing the pres­i­dent of the 145strong city may­ors, and that he was im­pressed by the city ad­min­is­tra­tor’s (NoyPam) Pow­er­Point pre­sen­ta­tion of what the Pam­intuan ad­min­is­tra­tion has built and de­liv­ered to this city from 2010 to pre­sent.

The diplo­mat is also re­cep­tive to the pres­i­dent and LCP’s ap­peal for the re­turn of the Balangiga bells of East­ern Sa­mar.

Af­ter his brief visit in An­ge­les City, Kim tweeted on his of­fi­cial Twit­ter ac­count a photo of him with Mayor EdPam that says: “En­joyed meet­ing Mayor Pam­intuan on my 1st trip to An­ge­les City. U.S. shares unique his­tory with the city – glad to see its eco­nomic suc­cess.”

This is not the first time a U.S. en­voy vis­ited Mayor Edgardo Pam­intuan. In 2014, then U.S. Am­bas­sador to the Philip­pines Philip Gold­berg and Mayor EdPam met at Bale Du­tung for lunch pre­pared by Chef Gor­don Grant, Mrs. Her­minia Pam­intuan, and Chef Claude Tayag.

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