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Ambassador Catalla's remains now in Manila

Foreign Secretary Locsin leads rites for late Philippine Ambassador to Lebanon

MANILA – The remains of the late career diplomat whose last posting was Ambassador to Lebanon Bernardita Catalla was received by Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr. at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport this afternoon.

In a statement released today by the Department of Foreign Affairs, it was learned the late ambassador succumbed due to complications arising from COVID-19.

A brief ceremony was held to pay tribute to the late Ambassador’s 27 years of dedicated service to the country. Ambassador Catalla’s next of kin was the DFA contingent at the airport complex.

“Ambassador Catalla not only touched the lives of many of our compatriots overseas but also inspired her colleagues in the Philippine Foreign Service,” the statement added.

The remains were immediately brought to a crematorium in Pasay City. Among those who joined Secretary Locsin in the tribute were Undersecretary for Administration J. Eduardo Malaya, Assistant Secretary Antonio Morales, Asst. Secretary Leslie Baja. Assistant Secretary Porfirio Mayo, Jr. and Asst. Secretary Eduardo Meñez. (Melo M. Acuña)

Department of Foreign Affairs officials led by Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr. and the immediate family of the late Philippine Ambassador to Lebanon Bernardita Catalla held its tribute at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport this afternoon. (DFA Photo)

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