Marcos hails outgoing Singapore envoy

President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. has recognized the outgoing ambassador of Singapore to the Philippines for his contribution to the strengthening of bilateral relations of both nations.

President Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr. and Ambassador Gerard Ho Wei Hong  (Photo courtesy of Malacañang)

During a farewell call on Tuesday, May 16, Marcos thanked Ambassador Gerard Ho Wei Hong and granted him the silver distinction of the Order of Sikatuna.

"We thanked our dear friend, H.E. Gerard Ho Wei Hong, outgoing Ambassador of the Republic of Singapore to the Philippines, as we conferred upon him the Order of Sikatuna with the Rank of Datu, Silver Distinction, in recognition of his instrumental role in effecting many milestones in our bilateral ties," Marcos said on Wednesday.

The President also congratulated the Singapore ambassador for his new role for his country.

Wong is the incoming Permanent Representative of Singapore to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Jakarta.

"We wish him the very best on this new endeavor," Marcos said.

The diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Singapore were formally established in May 1969. Their bilateral ties cover many key areas including trade and investment, security and defense cooperation, cultural exchanges and people-to-people relations.