By Cyrus A. Natividad
Consul General Leo Tito L. Ausan, Jr.
The Commission on appointments has confirmed the promotion to the ambassadorial rank of Chief of Mission Class 2 of Atty. Leo Tito L. Ausan as Ambassador any time to any post where his qualification fit to a tee for purposes of national interest. He is right now a Consul in the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong. He took his CM2 oath on September 10, 2021 before Consul General Raly Tejada at the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong.
Consul General Leo Tito Ausan, Jr. is a mid-level Career Diplomat in his senior years in the Philippine Foreign Service. He had been designated and posted in various hands-on capacities of responsibility in Foreign Service Posts abroad- Vice Consul in the Philippine Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa; Consul in the Philippine Embassy in Berlin Germany and Consul-General in the Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as well as Deputy Consul General in the Philippine Consulate General in Vancouver, Canada. He had also been given various designations of responsibility in the Department of Foreign Affairs in which occasions, his caring heart, and love for his motherland and for OFWs shone and had been to the hilt, tried and tested. The highest of these designations were being Consul General in the Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Assistant Secretary of the Office of Legal Affairs (OLA- now the Office of Treaties and Legal Affairs- OTLA).
Ausan graduated cum laude in AB Political Science from Central Philippine University. He underwent legal education at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City. Eventually, he became a lawyer and proceeded to join the Philippine Foreign Service- after placing third in the Foreign Service Officers Exam in 1995, thereby becoming a diplomat. As a lawyer and a diplomat, he has acquired through the years a robust foundational knowledge & experience in International Maritime Law, LL.M. in International Maritime Law, from the International Maritime Law Institute in Malta, & Philippine Law Practice and (diplomatic & consular practice, political, criminal, civil and election law), in legal pedagogy. He taught in the College of Law of CPU and in the University of Iloilo, College of Law.
Ausan was actively involved in university events during his college days. In 1982, when the CPU Republic was revived after Martial Law, Ausan was elected Vice President in a landslide victory.
Consul General Leo Tito Lunar Ausan was born in Mag-aba, Pandan, Antique on July 28, 1960 to Leo Tito Urbano Ausan Sr., an Elementary Public School Principal, who resigned to become a carpenter-foreman OFW, of Pandan, Antique; and Columba Rotelo Lunar, of Buenavista, Guimaras, a retired public school teacher; from whose meager hard-earned & well-managed conjugal income and savings, tacked with free tuition chess varsity team player benefit, he was able to finish his University schooling at CPU in Jaro, Iloilo City. He is happily married to Agnes Brazas of Zarraga, Iloilo, with two children who are now successful in their respective careers.