MANILA — Sen. Raul Manglapus was named Friday as foreign secretary of the Philippines, filling the post abandoned by Vice President Salvador Laurel in his bitter break with President Corazon Aquino.
Aquino, in a statement announcing the appointment, lauded Manglapus as a man with qualities needed "in this critical period of transition."
The 68-year-old senator with distinctive brush-cut hair held the same post 30 years ago under President Carlos Garcia. He was secretary general of the 1954 founding conference of the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization and a visiting professor of law at several U.S. universities, including Harvard.
He left the Philippines the day before President Ferdinand E. Marcos declared martial law in February, 1972, and spent the next 14 years in the United States, leading the exile opposition to the Marcos regime.