- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 3, 2001

High-fives at embassy
Some diplomats at the Philippine Embassy traded high-fives in the halls yesterday after learning of the arrest in Manila of the former Philippine ambassador to the United States.
The deputy chief of mission, acting as charge daffaires, sent out for ice cream.
Among the support staff, one diplomat noted "subdued cheering."
Ernesto Maceda, charged in connection with the recent rioting in Manila, was an unpopular ambassador, even before the downfall in January of his political benefactor, former President Joseph Estrada.
He was egotistical and rude, especially to embassy secretaries, one diplomat said.
Mr. Maceda, who presented his diplomatic credentials here in July 1999, was forced out of the embassy on Jan. 19, on the eve of President Bushs inauguration. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who took over the presidency after the ouster of Mr. Estrada, did not want Mr. Maceda to represent the Philippines at Mr. Bushs swearing-in ceremony.
"He was unceremoniously shown the door and put on terminal leave," one diplomat said.
In Manila, Mr. Macedas arrest was front-page news in all the papers. He is among Estrada supporters charged with rebellion for inciting rioters to storm the presidential palace.
Mr. Maceda denounced the charges against him as "politically motivated" and full of "hate and vengeance."
Mrs. Macapagal-Arroyo has selected Albert del Rosario, a major business supporter, as the next ambassador to the United States.
He was instrumental in rallying the business community behind her in the ouster of Mr. Estrada.
Ariel Abadilla, the deputy chief of mission, has been serving as charge daffaires at the embassy.

Missile mission
Top State Department officials will begin leaving next week on a mission to allied capitals to consult on President Bushs missile defense plans, following his repudiation of the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty.
"Richard Armitage, the deputy secretary of state; Paul Wolfowitz, the deputy secretary of defense; and Steve Hadley, the deputy national security adviser, to allied capitals to consult with our friends in Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada on the issues related to strategic stability and missile defense," State Department spokesman Philip Reeker said yesterday.
Mr. Armitage will travel to Japan May 7-8, South Korea May 9-10 and India on May 11. Mr. Reeker said other travel details will be released later.

Treaty with Bangladesh
The United States may soon sign an extradition treaty with Bangladesh that could lead to the deportation of two fugitives who have been convicted in Bangladesh for the assassination of the countrys founder.
"A draft extradition treaty has been initialed following negotiations between the officials of the two countries, and things are progressing for signing a final accord," Mary Ann Peter, U.S. ambassador to Bangladesh, told reporters in the capital, Dhaka, yesterday.
Bangladesh believes two of the 10 former army officers sentenced to death for the 1975 killing of Sheik Mujibur Rahman are hiding in the United States.
Sheik Rahman is the father of Prime Minister Sheik Hasina.
Bangladesh first proposed the extradition treaty in March 2000 during a visit by former President Clinton.
In her speech to the Overseas Writers Club, the ambassador noted the growing political and economic ties between the United States and Bangladesh.
She said U.S. investment there has reached $800 million from $25 million a few years ago.

Envoy to San Juan
President Bush yesterday selected a Puerto Rican businessman to be the next U.S. ambassador to the Dominican Republic.
Hans Hertell is chairman of the American Builders Corp., a general contracting firm in the capital, San Juan.
"Hans Hertell is a successful international business leader and is well-versed in Latin American and Caribbean affairs," Mr. Bush said in a statement.
"His international economic background will make him an excellent U.S. ambassador to the Dominican Republic."


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