Statement: Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda on the week of May 11-15, 2015

Today, the 75-member ad hoc panel of the House of Representatives is expected to begin voting on the provisions of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law. We have every hope that they will vote for peace, which is the foundation of unity and progress.

The welfare of our brothers and sisters in Mindanao has always been part of the administration’s agenda of inclusive growth. This commitment is embodied in the different programs of our agencies and in the President’s various activities.

This morning, President Aquino returned from his trip to Chicago and Canada, where he shared good news from the Philippines to our countrymen abroad. As always, in pursuit of better opportunities for Filipinos everywhere, the President further advanced our nation’s interest through meetings with state and business leaders. As the President said in his arrival statement, the positive fruits of these partnerships—in the form of current and incoming investments—will be reaped for generations to come.

Last week, we received the sad news that our envoy to Pakistan, Ambassador Domingo D. Lucenario Jr., died in the Naltar Valley area of Pakistan. Having served in the Foreign Service for more than 35 years, Ambassador Lucenario was widely respected among his colleagues and by the public. His dedication and outstanding work ethic earned him three major Presidential Awards, and his role in introducing the electronic passport we use today helped advance the DFA’s modernization. In this time of grief, we extend our deepest condolences to his family.