Sultan arrives in Cebu
By Sonia K & Alex How in Cebu City

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam arrived last night at the Mactan Cebu International Airport to attend the 12th Asean Summit, which starts today.

Accompanying His Majesty was Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah.

Present to greet His Majesty and HRH were the Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, Ambassador Marciano Paynor Jr, Secretary General of the Summit National Organising Committee (NOC), Brunei Ambassador to the Philippines, Philippines Ambassador to Brunei and other senior officials from both countries.

The Protocol of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines Ambassador Jeril Santos, Cebu City Vice Mayor Micheal Rama and Secretary of Energy Armando Lotilla were also present to welcome His Majesty.

His Majesty left Brunei last night for Cebu. Present at the airport to bid farewell were His Royal Highness Prince Hj Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office and HRH Prince Abdul Malik.

Prior to departure, a 'doa selamat' was read by the State Mufti.

Also present to bid farewell were YAM Pengiran-Pengiran Cheterias, cabinet ministers, members of councils, deputy ministers and senior government officials. (12th January 2007)