US Deputy Presidential Spokesman William McDonald on Wednesday announced that Filipino-American presidential candidate, Senator Grace Poe-Llamanzares of the Philippines will receive a Presidential Medal of Freedom from US President Barack Obama.
Aside from Sen. Llamanzares, seven other recipients will receive the same award, with four others to receive Congressional Gold Medal.
The Presidential Medal of Freedom is an award bestowed by the President of the United States and is—along with the comparable Congressional Gold Medal, bestowed by an act of U.S. Congress—the highest civilian award of the United States. It recognizes those individuals who have made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors”. The award is not limited to U.S. citizens and, while it is a civilian award, it can also be awarded to military personnel and worn on the uniform.
As published on print edition of New York Times, McDonald said, “Senator Grace Llamanzares’ service to the United States government is more than commendable. Her work on promoting American interest in other country (the Philippines) is vital in maintaining US-Philippine relationship. Furthermore, she maintained her allegiance to the United States of America while performing her job as senator in foreign land.”
Poe-Llamanzares is expected to receive the award on April 26, together with her husband who will also receive a Purple Heart for his 4-year full service in the United States Air Force.
“The United States of America is very proud of what Ms. Llamanzares and her family has done to our government”, McDonald added.
The decision to give award to Sen. Llamanzares was voted unanimously by eighteen US senators with the approval of US president Barack Obama according to the NYT report. /Jojie Medina/