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Royal banquet held to celebrate Brunei Sultan's 50 years on throne

Royal banquet held to celebrate Brunei Sultan's 50 years on throne”

The Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, the world's longest reigning monarch after Queen Elizabeth II, celebrated his 50 year-long-reign in trademark pomp and style.

Brunei is an oil-rich nation and, as absolute monarch, the sultan is one of the world's richest people.

After the 6-day visit to Brunei, BRP Andres Bonifacio will be heading to Malaysia for the Maritime Training Activity (MTA) Malaysia-Philippines (MALPHI) LAUT 20-17 which will take place October 16 to 25.

Duterte, 72, is expected to attend a gala dinner as part of the golden jubilee celebrations, and call on Bolkiah, 71 (see story on E2).

It will also "showcase His Majesty's own keenness in adopting the ways of Brunei Darussalam as a Malay Islamic Monarchy, thereby setting precedence for the present generation and for generations to come".

Among the leaders scheduled to attend the banquet are Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Myanmar de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Thai Prime Minister General Prayut Cha-O-Cha. Right after he is expected to return to Davao, where he will most likely spend the weekend.

But as the government troops expressed optimism that the battle with extremists would soon end, the President was confident to leave the country to participate in Bolkiah's celebration of his 50 years on the throne.



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