Former DFA Secretary Domingo L. Siazon Jr. passes away at 76

Image from Dan I. Siazon's Facebook Account
  • Domingo L. Siazon Jr., a Filipino diplomat succumbed to prostate cancer on May 3, 2016
  • He was once a Director-General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the 18th Foreign Affairs Secretary and was appointed as Philippine Ambassador to Japan
  • Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda released a statement on the passing of the former Secretary

The Filipino diplomat, Domingo L. Siazon Jr. succumbed to prostate cancer on May 3, 2016.

Born on July 9, 1939 in Aparri, Cagayan, his scholastic records showed that he was an accomplished man.

He studied at Ateneo de Manila University where he obtained the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.

He became a Japanese government scholar wherein he was able to earn his second degree in Physics from the Tokyo University of Education.

Furthermore, he pursued masters degree at the John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University in Massachusetts  this time, in Masters of Public Administration.

He also took hold of an economics certificate after going to the Economic Institute of the University of Colorado

Siazon as a Statesman and a Career Diplomat

Siazon’s career started when he was appointed Philippine Ambassador to Austria in 1976, and he simultaneously held two more positions where he served as Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Vienna and to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

In 1985-1992, he became  the Director-General of the  United Nations Industrial Development (UNIDO).

He held the position of Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary from 1995- 2001, serving two Presidents in the person of Fidel V. Ramos and Joseph E. Estrada and became the department’s 18th secretary.

From 2001-2005, he became an Ambassador to Japan.

Having served as a career diplomat for 47 years, he had served four presidents.

Siazon as a husband, a father and grandfather

Siazon was married to Kazuko and had two sons with her named Dan and Ken.

In his Facebook post confirming the death of his father, Dan I. Siazon posted, “Domingo L. Siazon, Jr. -Statesman, career diplomat, but more importantly, a loving husband, father and grandfather. 1939-2016.”

This was followed by messages extending condolences to the bereaved family.

Statement released by the Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda on Siazon’s demise

Serving the country for a long period of time, the country’s official statement on the passing away of Siazon was extended by the Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda through the Official Gazette on May 4, 2016.

The content stated:

We pause in tribute to Domingo Siazon, former Secretary of Foreign Affairs (1995-2001) and Philippine Ambassador to Japan (1993-1995 and 2001-2010). Respected by his colleagues in the foreign service, his peers abroad, and by presidents and the public alike, he belonged to the second generation of career diplomats who served with professionalism and who rose according to merit. A cultured, urbane man, he leaves behind a record of distinguished service to the Republic, bringing honor to the flag wherever he served. We extend deepest sympathies to his family at this time of profound loss.