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Duterte confers Order of Sikatuna on outgoing Israeli envoy


President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Monday (August 6) conferred the Order of Sikatuna on outgoing Israeli Ambassador to the Philippines Ephraim Ben Matityau during his farewell call at the Music Room of the Malacañan Palace.

The Order of Sikatuna with the rank of Grand Cross (Datu), silver distinction, was conferred on the Israel envoy for his significant role in strengthening and deepening the cordial relations between the Republic of the Philippines and the State of Israel.

He was also recognized for his key role in increasing people-to-people exchanges and mutual trust between the two countries through defense and education cooperation and tourism promotion.

He was also cited for facilitating Israel’s humanitarian assistance to the Philippine government’s rehabilitation efforts in Marawi City.

Ambassador Matityau served in the Philippines since August 1, 2014.

Witnessing the conferment of the Order of Sikatuna to Matityau were Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Ernesto Abella, Foreign Affairs Executive Director Raymond Balatbat, and Foreign Affairs Director Norman Padalhin.

Accompanying the envoy were his family: Madame Lizia Lu, Marianne Orsher, Daniel Orsher, and Michael Orsher.

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