Foreign envoys sign condolence book to pay final respects to Siazon

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MORE foreign diplomats in Brunei yesterday made their way to the Philippines Chancery at Jalan Kebangsaan to sign a condolence book in honour of former Philippine’s Foreign Affairs Secretary Domingo L Siazon Jr, who passed away on May 3 in Tokyo, Japan.

Siazon, who served as the country’s foreign affairs secretary from 1995 to 2001, died at the age of 76.

The condolence book signing ceremony at the Philippine Embassy here started on Thursday afternoon and ended yesterday.

On hand to receive the envoys during the ceremony was Philippine Ambassador Meynardo LB Montealegre.

Among the diplomats who expressed their profound condolences yesterday were Cambodian Ambassador Chhay Sokhan, who is also the dean of diplomatic corps; Turkish Ambassador Oguz Ates; and China’s Ambassador Yang Jian.

Ambassador Montealegre said that the late Philippine’s foreign affairs secretary Siazon had always been very active in steering the Philippines to promote closer relations with other nations, including ASEAN.

On a personal note, the ambassador said that he had very high regard and respect for the late foreign affairs secretary.

“He was my first boss (during my posting) in Tokyo. I served under him as a young officer back then, I had a very close working relationship with him,” said the envoy.

“He’s a good teacher, a good statesman, and a diplomat par excellence,” Montealegre said, adding that it is a great loss for us in the Philippine Foreign Service.

The Brunei Times