• Lucenario home on Wednesday

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    The remains of Philippine Ambassador Domingo Lucenario Jr., who died in a plane crash in northern Pakistan, will be flown home on Wednesday, May 13, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

    Charles Jose, Foreign Affairs spokesman, said Pakistan’s Minister of Commerce will accompany the envoy’s body.

    On Friday, a memorial service will be held for the ambassador at the Department of Foreign Affairs’ (DFA) main office in Pasay City from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will be open to DFA employees.

    Lucenario, who was responsible for leading the department’s electronic passport (ePassport) program, died in a plane crash at the Naltar valley region in northern Pakistan. The ambassador of Norway and the wives of the envoys of Malaysia and Indonesia also perished in the crash.

    Several other diplomats were injured in the incident, which is now under investigation.

    Jose said they have yet to receive an official report from the Pakistani government although there were reports that Pakistan’s Taliban took responsibility for the crash.

    The target apparently was Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

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