December 16, 2020 – Canada recently welcomed Philippine Ambassador Rodolfo D. Robles in a virtual ceremony led by Canada’s Governor General Julie Payette. In the ceremony held November 30, Robles was formally recognized as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Philippines to Canada.

Robles is a graduate of San Beda College’s School of Law with a Master of Law from Harvard University. He holds the distinction of being co-founder of the Arellano University School of Law and was a delegate to the 1971 Constitutional Convention. Robles is also known as the principal author of the law creating the Philippines’ Office of the Ombudsman and founder and senior partner of Robles, Brillantes, Ricafrente, Nachura & Aguirre Law Firm in the Philippines.

Since his arrival in Canada, Robles has been participating in a number of embassy events and activities including a meeting with Canada’s Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino in Parliament Hill on December 8. Both acknowledged the importance of cooperation in further strengthening Philippines-Canada relations.

Robles also engaged in a virtual meet-and-greet on December 9 with members of the Filipino community from the Greater Toronto Area, New Brunswick, Manitoba and Alberta, including members of the Canadian federal and provincial governments congratulating Robles on his appointment. The event was hosted by Rosemer Enverga, wife of the late senator Tobias Enverga, Jr.

Robles takes over the ambassadorship from Petronila Garcia, a career diplomat who served in the Embassy of the Philippines in Canada for six years. Garcia now currently serves as Philippine Consul General in New York.

There are almost a million Filipinos in Canada, the second largest diaspora after those in the United States.

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