24 March 2017
The Philippines strongly condemns the appalling terrorist attack in Westminster. It is not only an attack against the United Kingdom, but a direct assault on democracy.
The Philippines stands in solidarity with the United Kingdom in the wake of this unfortunate tragedy.
We join the United Kingdom and her people in mourning the loss of innocent lives and pray for the immediate recovery of the victims injured by this heinous attack.
There is no justification for the horror and barbarity perpetrated by these elements.
While the nationalities of the victims are not yet available, the Philippine Embassy in London is closely monitoring the situation and is in touch with the Filipino Community. END
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their loved ones whose lives have been affected by the Westminster attack.
So far, we have not received any reports of Filipinos affected by the incident in London.
We advise Filipinos in the UK to remain vigilant and monitor local security advisories.
Filipino nationals who require assistance should contact the Philippine Embassy on +44 7802 790695 (Emergency Hotline).
LONDON – In keeping with tradition and royal protocol, Ambassador Antonio Manuel R. Lagdameo formalized his assumption of duties as envoy to the Court of St. James’s by presenting his letter of credence to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.
Ambassador Lagdameo and his wife, Madame Maria Linda F. Lagdameo, were received by The Queen in a private audience where they exchanged views on the long history of friendship and cooperation between the peoples of the Philippines and the United Kingdom.
The members of the Ambassador’s retinue, Deputy Chief of Mission Gilberto B. Asuque, Consul General Senen T. Mangalile, Minister Myla Grace Ragenia C. Macahilig, and First Secretary Kristine Leilanie R. Salle were presented to Her Majesty by Ambassador Lagdameo.
As part of the royal pageantry surrounding the ceremony, the Ambassador and his entourage were conveyed from his official residence in Belgravia to Buckingham Palace by Mr. Alistair Harrison, Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps, aboard two state landaus, or horse-drawn carriages, from the Royal Mews. They were escorted by a royal limousine and mounted elements and motorcycle riders of the Metropolitan Police as they processed through the Palace gates, witnessed by throngs of people massed around the Queen Victoria Memorial.
After the Palace ceremony, Ambassador Lagdameo hosted a vin d’honneur at Haymarket Hotel on Suffolk Place for officials of the UK Government, members of Parliament, ambassadors and high commissioners of ASEAN and neighboring countries, and select representatives of the business sector and the Filipino-British community.
Mr. Julian Evans, Vice-Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps, offered a toast to President Rodrigo Duterte and recalled that Ambassador Lagdameo has been through this ceremony before. The ambassador has the rare privilege of having presented credentials to The Queen twice, having been assigned to London as Ambassador from 2009 to 2010.
In his reply, Ambassador Lagdameo offered a toast to Her Majesty and broadly outlined his plan to further enhance bilateral relations between the two countries. “The Joint Plan of Action between the Philippines and the UK gives us a robust template for further deepening our political, economic and cultural relations, and we intend to harness that,” he added. END
Ambassador and Mrs. Lagdameo, accompanied by Vice-Marshal Julian Evans, depart Buckingham Palace aboard a state landau after presenting his credentials to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
The Ambassador and his entourage are welcomed by well-wishers upon arrival at Haymarket Hotel where a vin d’honneur was held to mark the occasion.
Ambassador Lagdameo offers a toast to Her Majesty The Queen.
Mr. Julian Evans, Vice-Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps offers a toast to President Rodrigo Duterte.
UK Government, members of Parliament, Ambassadors and High Commissioners of ASEAN, and select members of the business and Filipino-British communities offer their best wishes to the Ambassador.
Ambassador and Mrs. Lagdameo welcome the Ambassador of Laos, His Excellency Sayakane Sisouvong, current Chair of the ASEAN London Committee, to the vin d’honneur, as DCM Gilberto Asuque looks on.
On 28 February, Philippine Ambassador to the United Kingdom Antonio Lagdameo hosted a Kapihan sa Pasuguan (speakers forum) with Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno as guest speaker.
From left to right: Justice Pamela Ann Abella Maxino, Justice Marvic Leonen, Justice Mariano Del Castillo, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, Ambassador Antonio Lagdameo, Dr. Antonio La Viña, Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe, and Justice Marilyn Lagura-Yap
Chief Justice Sereno discussed important developments in the Philippine juridical system. She presented the Supreme Court’s current programs and priorities, and the progress made on ongoing judicial reforms in the Philippines.
The chief justice and a number of associate justices from the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals were in London to attend a series of high-level meetings with UK agencies at the invitation of the British Embassy in Manila.They were also in attendance at the Philippine Embassy forum.
Apart from the guest speaker, the Philippine delegation also included Supreme Court Justices Mariano Del Castillo, Estela Perlas-Bernabe, and Marvic Leonen; Court of Appeals Justices Pamela Ann Abella-Maxino and Marilyn Lagura-Yap; Dr. Antonio Laviña of the Ateneo de Manila University, and Atty. Maria Lourdes Oliveros of the Office of the Chief Justice.
In his welcome remarks, Ambassador Antonio Lagdameo underlined the importance of the Philippine judiciary and the indispensable role of the Supreme Court in upholding the rule of law in a democratic society.
The Kapihan sa Pasuguan serves as the Philippine Embassy’s speakers forum where visiting Philippine government officials are invited to discuss topical issues and important developments in the Philippines. The audience is composed mainly of representatives from Filipino and British communities, academia, media organizations and the Philippine Embassy. END