President Rodrigo Roa Duterte will welcome next week Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei and President Joko Widodo of Indonesia for a formal bilateral meeting on the sidelines of 30th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.
In a press briefing in Malacañang on Wednesday, ASEAN 2017 National Organizing Council (NOC) director general for operations Marciano Paynor said the meeting with the Brunei leader will be held on April 28 and on April 29 with the Indonesian leader.
Laos has also requested to pay a courtesy call to Duterte, according to Paynor. He said President Duterte may have “pull-aside” meetings with the other leaders.
President Widodo will also join President Duterte at the launching of the Davao-General Santos-Bitung Ro-Ro sea linkage route on April 30 in Davao.
President Duterte will hold a gala dinner for all the ASEAN leaders.
The 10 leaders will also meet at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) and will have a retreat at the Coconut Palace.
In terms of security preparations, Paynor said the government is beefing up security elements following the recent incident in Bohol where soldiers clashed with members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).
“So we try as much as we can to — so-called hardened tar — hardened venues et cetera, in our security preparations. Keeping in mind also the President’s directive that we should not hamper or hinder the normal flow of daily activities here in the Metro Manila area,” he said.
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