PHL Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Meynardo LB. Montealegre delivered a special talk on PHL foreign policy at the Leadership and Management Centre, Defence Academy of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (LMC-DA-RBAF) on October 17, as part of the Junior Officer Staff Course being conducted by the LMC-DA-RBAF from September 05 to December 08, 2017.
The Junior Officer Staff Course is a key course for RBAF officers as a pre-requisite for promotion to the rank of Major. Said course is being attended by 30 officers including one (1) officer from the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) and seven (7) military officers from China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
The student-officer from the PHL is Cpt. Ceasar Ryan G. Gandeza PN (M) who delivered the introduction of the speaker prior to the talk.
During the talk, Ambassador Montealegre underscored the guiding principles on framing PHL foreign policy, per the 1987 PHL Constitution; the three pillars of PHL foreign policy, as mandated by RA 7157 or the Philippine Foreign Service Act of 1991; and the foreign policy realities guiding the PHL in its interaction with states and non-state actors.
Following the talk, Ambassador Montealegre responded to various queries from the audience during the open forum. Prior to the conclusion of the event, Lt. Col. (U) Muhammad Amiruddin bin Hj Tuah, Directing Staff 1 of the LMC-DA-RBAF, presented a token of appreciation to the Ambassador.
The PHL Embassy in Brunei Darussalam has always been supportive of and cooperative with the RBAF Defence Academy through the provision of talks on PHL foreign policy which has always been well-received by and has generated much interest and discussion among Junior Officer Staff Course attendees. END