MANILA, Philippines - This is why former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is out of the country.
The government website of the Dominican Republic has revealed that the former Philippine leader was honored by the government of the Caribbean country.
The report dated, May 4, 2011, said Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernandez honored Arroyo with the Order of Merit of Duarte, Sánchez and Mella in the Grade of Gran Cruz Placa de Oro.
The award is contained in Decree 278-11, issued by President Fernandez.
The government of the Dominican Republic said the award was granted to recognize Arroyo’s efforts to strengthen the bonds of friendship between the Philippines and Latin America, besides being the initiator of the creation of FEALAC entity formed to strengthen relations between the countries of the Association of South East Asian ASEAN.
Arroyo thanked her hosts for the award and added that her visit serves to strengthen relations between the 2 nations.