6,000 sign up to meet Duterte

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OVER 6,000 Filipinos are expected to meet President Rodrigo Duterte at the National Indoor Stadium on Sunday night, a Philippine embassy official said.

The president will arrive tomorrow for a three-day state visit, where he is expected to meet His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.

The president has made the gathering with the Filipino community his first official engagement in Brunei.

The Philippine embassy official, who did not want to be named, said priority will be given to Filipinos who have registered for the meet-and-greet.

As the indoor stadium can only accommodate 6,000 people, visitors will be allowed in on a first-come, first-served basis.

There are about 23,000 Filipinos residing in Brunei, the official said.

In a message posted on the embassy’s website, Philippines Ambassador to Brunei Meynardo Montealegre said attendees are advised to to be dressed in decent attire and are not allowed to wear slippers or shorts, or wear T-shirts with political and offensive messages.

They are also not allowed to bring in children below the age of 12, lighters or any flammable objects, liquids and cameras.

Visitors must queue up in the verification line, park their cars in an orderly manner and observe entry and exit points, he said.

He added that admission into the venue will begin at 2.30pm. The gathering with the president takes place from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

Duterte’s visit to Brunei is part of his introductory tours to meet leaders of ASEAN member states to further strengthen the Philippines’ close ties with each country in the regional bloc.

Duterte, who is the former mayor of Davao City, succeeded Benigno Aquino III following his victory in the Philippines’ presidential election in May this year. He took office on June 30 after being sworn in as the country’s 16th president.

Brunei would have been Duterte’s first international trip as president, before the Davao explosion prompted him to cancel the visit in September.

The Brunei Times