The Department of Foreign Affairs website confirmed yesterday the untimely demise of Philippine Ambassador to Pakistan, H.E. Domingo D. Lucenario, Jr., when a Pakistani army helicopter crashed in Naltar Valley area of Gilgit on Friday
Ambassador Lucenario was a career ambassador who served the Philippine Government for over 35 years. During his term as Ambassador to Pakistan, relations between the Philippines and Pakistan have enjoyed a robust partnership in various areas of cooperation.
The crashed happened during a diplomatic trip with members of 37 countries in total. The scheduled three day trip was mainly organised for tourism purposes and the inauguration of a ski chairlift, built in the breathtaking resort of Naltar, in northern Pakistan. The ambassadors were also expected to hold high-level meetings.
Ambassador Lucenario was one of the few career Filipino diplomats who had the rare distinction of having been awarded by the President of the Philippines with three (3) major Presidential Awards, namely: the Order of Sikatuna Award with the rank of Datu (Gold level) (2009), the Order of Lakandula Award with the rank of Grand Officer (Maringal na Pinuno) (2008), and the Gawad Mabini Award with the rank of Grand Officer (Dakilang Kamanong) (2008).
Ms. Ellene Sana of the Center for Migrant Advocacy said “we first met in Hongkong when he was the Consul General. Mainit na isyu noon ang Owwa Omnibus Policies. We had impassioned debates over it in the dining table of OFW advocate Daphne Ceniza.”
“During his tenure as Consul General in Hongkong, the post registered the highest number of overseas voters,” Ellene Sana added.
Ambassador Lucenario was also behind the 2007 efficient and friendly implementation of services in the DFA Passport division where he was then the Executive Director. In 2009, he became the DFA Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs where he succeeded the ePassport project of the DFA’s passport modernization program.
Among those killed in the crashed include Norwegian Ambassador Leif Larsen and the wives of Indonesia and Malaysia’s top diplomats in the Asian nation, and the two pilots, according to Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
OFWempowerment conveys our heartfelt sympathies and deepest condolences to the bereaved family of the late Ambassador Domingo D. Lucenario, Jr.