Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah arrives in Manila for state visit

MANILA — Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah has arrived in the country for his participation on the 30th Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit this week.

He arrived shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

On Thurday afternoon, the Brunei leader will be at the Rizal Park in Manila for the wreath laying ceremony.

After this he will be formally welcomed by Pres. Rodrigo Duterte into the ASEAN delegation.

Before the ASEAN Summit on Saturday, he will have his state visit at Malacañang  where issues of common concern will be discussed in their bilateral meeting.

According to the Department of Foreign Affairs acting spokesperson Robespierre Bolivar, trans boundary issues, peace and security in the region will be the top priority of the bilateral talk.

Welfare of overseas Filipino workers in Brunei will also be brought up, and measures to enhance relationship between two countries will also be tackled.

“We have issues of common concern, unang-una po (firstly), trans-boundary issues, yung (the) peace and security in the region is a common concern and the welfare of Filipinos in Brunei; and maybe come up with the cooperative arrangements to enhance the relationship between Brunei and Philippines,” acting DFA spokesperson Bolivar said.

Aside from Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Indonesian president Joko Widodo will be coming to the Philippines for his separate state visit.

He is expected to arrive on Friday and will also join President Duterte for a launching of a project in Davao City on Sunday. —  Joyce Balancio | UNTV News & Rescue

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