Order of Lakandula given to 2 Filipino diplomats

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III on Thursday conferred the Order of Lakandula on two Filipino diplomats for their outstanding performance in the foreign service.

The President gave the award to Esteban Conejos Jr. and Henry Bensurto Jr. in ceremonies in Malacañang.

Also present at the awarding were Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario and members of the awardees' families.

Conejos is the country's permanent representative and ambassador to the Philippine mission to the World Trade Organization in Geneva.

He was conferred the Order of Lakandula, Grand Cross for actively promoting Philippine interests at home and abroad.

Bensurto is senior special assistant at the Department of Foreign Affairs' office of the undersecretary for policy.

He was conferred the Order of Lakandula, Grand Officer for his vital contribution to protecting Philippine sovereignty, including working for a peaceful resolution of the territorial dispute in the West Philippine Sea. (SDR/Sunnex)

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