MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines conferred the Legion of Honor on US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her support of the country’s advocacy in resolving its maritime disputes.
The Philippine Legion of Honor is the highest honor that the President of the Philippines may grant an individual without the concurrence of Congress.
The highest rank, Chief Commander, is normally conferred on heads of state or governments, and distinguished individuals in recognition of their importance to the Republic or for lifetime achievement.
In a statement, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Clinton expressed her appreciation by reaffirming the US government’s commitment to strengthening the Philippines’ defense capabilities.
“Secretary Clinton strongly supported the Philippines’ advocacy for a rules-based approach in resolving competing claims over maritime areas through peaceful and diplomatic processes within the framework of international law. On various occasions, she spoke up for the common interest in maintaining freedom of navigation, unimpeded lawful commerce, and transit of people across the seas,” DFA said.
The conferment was done at the US State Department in Washington D.C.
The first American to be conferred the rank of Chief Commander was US President Franklin D. Roosevelt (posthumous).
Other Americans who have received the same honor include President Dwight Eisenhower, General Douglas McArthur, and Senator Daniel Inouye.