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Heydarian: Ex-DFA chief Del Rosario is no drama, just service to OFWs

Ikinumpara ni foreign affairs and political analyst Prof. Richard Heydarian ang panahon ni dating Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario sa kasalukuyang pamumuno ni Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano.

Idiniin ni Heydarian na walang drama ang pamumuno ni Del Rosario at pawang paglilingkod lamang sa Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).

“The Philippine Government back then managed to deal with very difficult regimes under the worst circumstance — think of Libya and Syria in the middle of Arab spring civil wars — and yet we hardly saw even a single production-style video coming out to valorise him or specific diplomats,” ani Heydarian.

“Those years also saw our government together with civil society groups successfully pushing for Bilateral Labor Agreements with many Arab states, setting the groundwork for better protection of our OFWs’ rights and interest. All these was done with patient, diligence and smarts,” dagdag pa ni Heydarian.

Ayon kay Heydarian, pawang professional at dedicated na mga diplomat ang nanguna sa panahon ni Del Rosario. Malayong malayo sa kasalukuyan na puro publicity stunt.

“Instead of trolls or politicians, it were professional and dedicated diplomats, who handled our diplomacy. And we saw the wonders it did,” ani Heydarian.

“He didn’t rely on trolls or propaganda machines. He just did his job, did what was right, together with highly competent and energised diplomatic corps,” dagdag pa ni Heydarian.

Pinasalamatan ni Heydarian si Del Rosario sa ipinakitang dedikasyon at totoong pamumuno sa DFA.

“SALAMAT Secretary Albert Del Rosario for your valiant service and to all friends in the DFA, who did it not for fame or glory, but out of an unshakable sense of duty, and inspired by professional and competent leadership,” ani Heydarian.

“I believe in this country because I know we won’t settle for long for kakistocracy. That there is enough decency, dedication and good will to turn around things even after a long dark period,” dagdag pa ni Heydarian.

Basahin ang buong Facebook post ni Heydarian:

No Drama, Just Service to our OFWs

Back in 2014, Foreign Secretary Albert Del Rosario oversaw the safe and sound repatriation of 14,000 OFWs in Libya, as the country plunged into total chaos in post-Ghadaffi period. The DFA also oversaw the repatriation and safe exit of countless stranded OFWs in other Arab countries, from Tunisia to Syria, during those difficult years.

The Philippine Government back then managed to deal with very difficult regimes under the worst circumstance — think of Libya and Syria in the middle of Arab spring civil wars — and yet we hardly saw even a single production-style video coming out to valorise him or specifc diplomats. We were literally dealing with regimes on verge of collapse, with militias, private armies, and remnants of former ruling classes engaging in all-out war against each other.

Those years also saw our government together with civil society groups successfully pushing for Bilateral Labor Agreements with many Arab states, setting the groundwork for better protection of our OFWs’ rights and interest. All these was done with patient, diligence and smarts.

Instead of trolls or politicians, it were professional and dedicated diplomats, who handled our diplomacy. And we saw the wonders it did. But of course, many didn’t “see” it on Facebook or youtube, because that was not the aim of the DFA back then.

The aim — the sole aim — was instead to protect our citizens; it wasn’t about the saviours, but the welfare of those in need. It wasn’t about heroic leaders, but about citizens in need. It wasn’t about who is the best leader in the solar system, but how to help in the smartest and most realistic manner ordinary OFWs caught in crossfire.

It wasn’t about emotions, colourful messaging or impressing specific constituency; there were no karaoke performances or carnival-style events featuring our top officials back then. They were dedicated Mandarins, who simply did their job bereft of vainglory, in the silent yet utterly sincere service.

Despite his relatively advanced age, and huge commitment to the West Philippine Sea affairs, the then Filipino diplomatic chief ensured that all necessary measures are taken to protect our citizens, negotiate their safe passage, and take care of all necessary expenses. It wasn’t about him. He didn’t rely on trolls or propaganda machines. He just did his job, did what was right, together with highly competent and energised diplomatic corps.

I have had my share of disagreements with the Aquino administration, and all my works are easy to track online. The previous administration — they weren’t perfect. But, I can’t help but to say, I miss the overall professionalism and mostly low-key diplomacy — with exception of the lawfare in the West Philippine Sea — we had back then. And I know many of my friends in the DFA share this sentiment.

So let me say this — because I didn’t manage to back then, since I was maybe too busy criticising their shortcomings — SALAMAT Secretary Albert Del Rosario for your valiant service and to all friends in the DFA, who did it not for fame or glory, but out of an unshakable sense of duty, and inspired by professional and competent leadership. My views are shaped not only as an academic, writer and analyst, but also as someone, who worked in the government for years. And I feel privileged and honoured to have had the chance to follow the great deeds of these low-key men and women.

I believe in the Philippines, in our country, precisely because of these unsung heroes. I believe in this country, because I know our best leaders are yet to come — and, despite our most fervent sorrows and untrammelled disappointments — we have many great legacies to be inspired by and build on. I believe in this country because I know we won’t settle for long for kakistocracy. That there is enough decency, dedication and good will to turn around things even after a long dark period.

 

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