Duterte to visit Brunei; Medialdea named OIC
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte will fly to Brunei on Thursday evening, October 5, to attend Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah's 50th anniversary on the throne as the world's second longest-reigning monarch.
Duterte will be in Brunei from Thursday to Friday, October 6, to attend Bolkiah's golden jubilee. (READ: Sultan of bling: Brunei monarch marks golden jubilee in style)
In Special Order 897 released on Thursday, Duterte named Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea as his officer in charge (OIC).
While Duterte is away, Medialdea is tasked "to take care of the day-to-day operations in the Office of the President and oversee the general administration of the Executive Department."
This applies except to "matters that the President is required by the Constitution to act in person."
"All acts of the Executive Secretary for and on behalf of the President pursuant to this Order shall be deemed acts of the President unless disapproved or reprobated by the President," Special Order 897 stated.
The 71-year-old Bolkiah ascended to the throne of the Muslim country perched on the north of tropical Borneo island in October 1967.
He is the 29th sultan of Brunei from a royal family that has ruled the country continuously for over 600 years.
His decades in charge of one of the world's few absolute monarchies have seen the country gain full independence from Britain. During his reign, living standards have also soared to among the highest in the world due to Brunei's huge energy reserves. – with reports from Agence France-Presse / Rappler.com