His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam in his titah expressed Brunei’s commitment in maintaining regional peace and stability. His Majesty also said that Brunei Darussalam and the Philippines work closely in realising ASEAN’s vision of a community. The Monarch made the titah last night at a State Banquet held in honour of His Majesty’s state visit to the Republic of the Philippines. The State Banquet was held at the Malacañan palace and was hosted by His Excellency Rodrigo Roa Duterte, President of the Republic of the Philippines. His Majesty in his titah acknowledged the role of the 23,000 Filipino nationals working in Brunei Darussalam in making significant contributions to Brunei Darussalam’s socio-economic development. His Majesty expressed confidence that economic ties between Brunei Darussalam and the Republic of the Philippines will continue to progress to create a more conducive environment for business people to network and collaborate in areas such as halal and agro-based industries.