Ex-top envoy Del Rosario resigns from First Pacific

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 03 2019 02:48 PM

MANILA - Former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario has resigned as non-executive director of First Pacific Co, the Hong Kong-based firm said. 

Del Rosario left his post effective July 1 "due to poor health as he approaches the age of 80 years and other constraints," the company said in a statement dated July 2.

First Pacific cited Del Rosario's "increased involvement in a number of personal advocacies which makes it difficult for him to continue to serve as a director of the company."

Last June 21, Del Rosario was denied entry to Hong Kong, preventing him from attending First Pacific's shareholders' meeting in the Chinese special administrative region. 

Del Rosario led the Philippines' winning case against China before the Permanent Court of Arbitration, which invalidated Beijing's vast claims in disputed waters.

Last March, he joined former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales and a group of fishermen in filing a complaint against Chinese President Xi Jinping before the International Criminal Court (ICC) pver China's actions in the disputed waterway.

First Pacific said Rosario confirmed that he has no disagreement with the Board and that there were no issues on his resignation that shareholders needed to know.