PHILIPPINE AMBASSADOR to Pakistan Domingo Lucenario Jr along with Norwegian envoy Leif Larsen and four others were identified as fatalities in a helicopter crash in Pakistan on Friday.
The helicopter carrying them was reportedly shot by Taliban.
They were part of a delegation of ambassadors from 37 countries on a diplomatic trip to Pakistan’s Gilgit-Baltistan territory.
Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif was supposed to meet them that day.
Other ambassadors in a separate chopper were safe.
Injured were Polish ambassador Andrzej Ananiczolish and Dutch ambassador Marcel de Vink.
Yet the wives of the Indonesian and Malaysian envoys were killed.
“The helicopter was shot down by an anti-aircraft missile, killing pilots and many foreign ambassadors,” a statement from Taliban spokesperson Muhammad Khorasani said.
Taliban said their target was the Pakistan prime minister.
Pakistan government expressed shock and grief over the incident.
Philippine president Benigno Aquino expressed sadness and grief on the death Lucenario.
” News of the tragedy reached the President and his delegation in Ottawa, where he began his three-day state visit to Canada yesterday. He said that the Philippines lost an outstanding career diplomat who served his country with distinction for nearly three decades.
” In behalf of the Philippine government and people, he conveyed his sympathy and condolences with Ambassador Lucenario’s family,” said presidential spokesman Sonny Coloma.