SECRETARY ALMENDRAS UNDERTAKES OFFICIAL VISIT TO Brunei DARUSSALAM

Foreign Affairs Secretary Jose Rene D. Almendras successfully undertook an official introductory visit to Brunei Darussalam on 29-30 May 2016.

During said visit, Secretary Almendras had an audience with His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade at the Istana Nurul Iman.

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade receives in audience Secretary of Foreign Affairs Jose Rene D. Almendras (2nd from R), accompanied by Yang Berhormat Pehin Dato Lim Jock Seng (4th from L); Philippine Ambassador to Brunei Meynardo LB. Montealegre (3rd from L); Assistant Secretary of DFA’s Office of ASEAN Affairs, Hon. Ma Hellen M. Barber-Dela Vega (2nd from L); and Director of the Southeast Asia I Division of the DFA’s Office of Asian and Pacific Affairs, Mr. Ambrosio Brian F. Enciso III at the Istana Nurul Iman on 30 May 2016. (Photo Courtesy of The Brunei Times/Zaim Kasmat)

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade receives in audience Secretary of Foreign Affairs Jose Rene D. Almendras (2nd from R), accompanied by Yang Berhormat Pehin Dato Lim Jock Seng (4th from L); Philippine Ambassador to Brunei Meynardo LB. Montealegre (3rd from L); Assistant Secretary of DFA’s Office of ASEAN Affairs, Hon. Ma Hellen M. Barber-Dela Vega (2nd from L); and Director of the Southeast Asia I Division of the DFA’s Office of Asian and Pacific Affairs, Mr. Ambrosio Brian F. Enciso III at the Istana Nurul Iman on 30 May 2016. (Photo Courtesy of The Brunei Times/Zaim Kasmat)

Secretary Almendras also met with Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Dewa Dato Seri Setia Lim Jock Seng, Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and Second Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr.) Awang Haji Mohammad Yasmin bin Haji Umar, Minister of Energy and Industry at the PMO.

(L to R) Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr.) Awang Haji Mohammad Yasmin bin Haji Umar, Minister of Energy and Industry at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO); Secretary of Foreign Affairs Jose Rene D. Almendras; Yang Berhormat Pehin Dato Lim Jock Seng; and Assistant Secretary of DFA’s Office of ASEAN Affairs, Hon. Ma Hellen M. Barber-Dela Vega, following their meeting at The Empire Hotel and Country Club on 30 May 2016.

(L to R) Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr.) Awang Haji Mohammad Yasmin bin Haji Umar, Minister of Energy and Industry at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO); Secretary of Foreign Affairs Jose Rene D. Almendras; Yang Berhormat Pehin Dato Lim Jock Seng; and Assistant Secretary of DFA’s Office of ASEAN Affairs, Hon. Ma Hellen M. Barber-Dela Vega, following their meeting at The Empire Hotel and Country Club on 30 May 2016.

Discussed during the Secretary’s audience with the Sultan and meeting with the two Ministers included general bilateral relations between the Philippines and Brunei Darussalam, as well as regional and international developments.

Secretary Almendras arrived in Bandar Seri Begawan on May 29, 2016 and was welcomed by officials from the Philippine Embassy, headed by His Excellency Meynardo LB. Montealegre, Philippine Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam. The Secretary is joined by Honorable Ma. Hellen M. Barber-dela Vega, Assistant Secretary of the Office of ASEAN Affairs; Mr. Ambrosio Brian F. Enciso III, Director of the Southeast Asia I Division of the Office of Asian and Pacific Affairs; and Mr. George Benedict Pineda, Protocol Officer to the Secretary of Foreign Affairs.

Secretary of Foreign Affairs Jose Rene D. Almendras and members of the Philippine delegation pose for a group photo with officers and staff of the Philippine Embassy during the delegation’s visit to the Chancery.

Secretary of Foreign Affairs Jose Rene D. Almendras and members of the Philippine delegation pose for a group photo with officers and staff of the Philippine Embassy during the delegation’s visit to the Chancery.

Prior to this official visit, Secretary Almendras has visited Brunei Darussalam, in his capacity as then Cabinet Secretary, on 14 August 2014 to attend the 68th birthday celebration of His Majesty the Sultan as President Aquino’s representative, and in 2013 to attend the 22nd and 23rd ASEAN Summits and Related Summits, respectively, as member of President Aquino’s high-level delegation. END