President Duterte confers Order of Sikatuna to outgoing Vietnam Ambassador

President Rody Duterte conferred the Order of Sikatuna with rank of Grand Cross (Datu) having the distinction Gold (Katangiang Ginto) to Vietnam Ambassador to the Philippines Truong Trieu Duong during his farewell call at the Music Room in MalacaƱan Palace on January 10, 2017.

Order of Sikatuna is the national order of diplomatic merit of the Republic of the Philippines, awarded in the name and by authority of the President.

It is conferred upon individuals who have rendered exceptional and meritorious services to the Republic of the Philippines, upon diplomats, officials and nationals of foreign states who have rendered conspicuous services in fostering, developing and strengthening relations between their country and the Philippines, or upon personnel of the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), both in the Home Office and in the Foreign Service.

The Grand Cross (Datu) rank may be conferred upon a Crown Prince, Vice President, Senate President, Speaker of the House, Chief Justice or the equivalent, foreign minister or other official of cabinet rank, Ambassador, Undersecretary, Assistant Secretary, or other person of a rank similar or equivalent to the foregoing.

The highest rank, Grand Collar (Raja), are being conferred to a former or incumbent Head of State and/or of government.