19 December 2013
President Benigno S. Aquino III bestowed the Order of Sikatuna, with the rank of Grand Cross, Gold Distinction to outgoing Ambassador of Indonesia to the Philippines Yohannes Kristiarto Soeryo Legowo.
The President recognized the envoy’s contribution in strengthening and deepening the Philippines’ bilateral relations with Indonesia. He cited the Ambassador’s participation in promoting peace in the country by facilitating Indonesia’s partaking in the peace process in Southern Philippines. Moreover, he commended him for his involvement in facilitating the conclusion of the 2011 Joint Declaration Meeting concerning Maritime Boundary Delimitation, as well as the conduct of Philippines-Indonesia maritime boundary talks.
Present during the conferment is Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Deles, and some delegates from the Indonesian Embassy.