Former LA Consul General Adelio Cruz named chief of presidential protocol

Adelio Angelito Cruz (right), a career diplomat, takes his oath of office as chief of presidential protocol in Malacañang for President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., who took office last June 30. Malacañang photo

ADELIO Angelito Cruz, a career diplomat whose previous role includes Philippine Consul General in Los Angeles, has a new post as the protocol chief in the Marcos administration.

Cruz, who served as the former Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary after his assignment in LA, was recently sworn in as the chief of presidential protocol. He will be in charge of the visits of foreign dignitaries to Malacañang. He will also assist President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and his delegation during official visits overseas.

Cruz’s appointment followed the choice of Enrique Manalo, the country’s permanent representative to the United Nations, to head the Department of Foreign Affairs.

For nearly three decades, Cruz has held various diplomatic and consular posts in the Philippine Foreign Service. Prior to serving as the Assistant Secretary of the Office of Civilian Security at the Department of Foreign Affairs during the final year of the Duterte administration, the veteran diplomat was Consul General in Los Angeles from 2016 to 2021.

His assignments include Charge d’Affaires in Tripoli, Libya (from 2014-2016); Consul General in Xiamen, China (2011-2013); first Secretary and Consul at the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi (2007-2011) and Vice Consul then Consul at the Philippine Consulate General in Chicago.

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