The Philippine Consul General in Guam expressed grief over the death of U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens who was killed Tuesday along with three other Americans following the violent assault on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.
Bayani V. Mangibin requested for a moment of silence during yesterday's media briefing hosted by the Philippine Consulate General on Saipan.
Mangibin, former Philippine Ambassador to Libya, said he had the opportunity to meet with Stevens, 52, who arrived in the North African country just as Mangibin was about to wrap up his diplomatic mission.
He described Stevens as a gentleman, hardworking, clever, and very unassuming, saying that his tragic death was very unfortunate.
“Chris Stevens was one of those responsible for the founding of a 'new' Libya,” said Mangibin. “It's disheartening to find out that a country that he loved and helped build would be the one to put an end to the good things he has initiated.”
Mangibin and Guam Consul Edgar Tomas “Gary” Q. Auxilian arrived on Saipan Monday to meet with Filipino community leaders and local government officials as part of the transfer of responsibilities of the Saipan Consulate to its Guam counterpart.
Prior to serving as Guam Consul General, Mangibin was the Philippine Ambassador to Iraq.