By Annabel Consuelo Petinglay
SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique – An Antiqueño diplomat has brought pride to his province mates following his promotion to an ambassadorial rank.
Leo Tito Ausan, Jr., currently the Consul General in Hong Kong, was promoted by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) early this month to Chief of Mission Class 2, which is equivalent to an ambassadorial rank.
Antique Provincial Board member Errol Santillan, in an interview Saturday, said they unanimously passed a resolution during their virtual session on Thursday, congratulating Ausan.
“The Sanggunian recognizes with pride and joy the noteworthy achievement of Consul General Leo Tito L. Ausan, Jr. for his well-deserved promotion to serve, protect, and promote the Filipinos welfare and integrity globally,” the resolution said.
Ausan, in a message sent to the Philippine News Agency (PNA), said he is “grateful to the Antique provincial board for the resolution”.
Ausan, born in Barangay Mag-aba, Pandan in 1960, is the second child of Leo Tito Urbano Ausan, Sr., an elementary school principal from Pandan, and Columba Rotelo Lunar, a public school teacher from Buenavista, Guimaras.
He graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts Major in Political Science degree from Central Philippines University in Jaro, Iloilo and obtained his Law degree at the University of the Philippines-Diliman.
He placed third in the 1995 Foreign Service Officer Examination.
He had been Vice Consul at the Philippine Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa; Consul at the Philippine Embassy in Berlin, Germany; Consul General of the Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; and Deputy Consul General in Vancouver, Canada. (PNA)