Philippine ambassador killed in Pakistan helicopter crash

Ambassador Domingo Lucenario Jr. of the Philippines was among those killed in a deadly helicopter crash in Pakistan on Friday, May 8, 2015.

He was 54.

According to a Reuters report published on the ABS-CBN News website, the military helicopter was carrying the Filipino envoy as well as Norwegian ambassador Leif Larsen and the wives of the ambassadors of Malaysia and Indonesia to a project launch when the fatal accident happened.

In a Twitter post, Pakistani military spokesman Asim Bajwa said two pilots also died in the crash. He added that the ambassadors of Poland and the Netherlands were injured.

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif reportedly traveled to the northern territory of Gilgit on a separate aircraft and quickly returned to Islamabad after the helicopter crash.

In a statement released Friday night, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said they are "deeply saddened by the untimely demise of Philippine Ambassador to Pakistan Hon. Domingo D. Lucenario, Jr. due to a helicopter crash incident in the Naltar Valley area of Pakistan."

According to his Curriculum Vitae, Lucenario was the Philippine's permanent representative to the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN Habitat).

He was the only career Filipino diplomat who had the rare distinction of having been awarded with three major Presidential Awards, namely: the Order of Sikatuna Award with the rank of Datu (Gold level) (2009), the Order of Lakandula Award with the rank of Grand Officer (Maringal na Pinuno) (2008), and the Gawad Mabini Award with the rank of Grand Officer (Dakilang Kamanong) (2008).

Ambassador Lucenario, who was born on September 3, 1960 in Manila, is survived by his wife, lawyer Nida Arada Lucenario, and their three children.