Sultan Firdausi Ismail Yahya Abbas (middle) between two royal guards. Seated on his left is Sultan of Sulu and Sabah Sultan Mohammad Fuad Abdullah Kiram. Also in the photo are (leftmost, standing) Sultan of Sulu and Sabah Sultan Subair Guinthung Mustapha and (rightmost, standing) Secretary Carlos Dominguez III.[/caption] Present at the ceremony were HRH Sultan of Sulu and Sabah Sultan Mohammad Fuad Abdullah Kiram, and his son, Rajah Muda Al Mezzheer Kiram, CEO of the Sultan of Lanao Foundation Sitti Khadija Rahma Abbas, lawyers Datu Yasser Ismail Abbas and Bai Joanna Abbas, Datu Jaime Ismail B. Abbas, eldest grandson of Sultan Abbas and Datu Luis Agimuddin Delgado III, great grandson of Sultan Jainal Abirin of Sulu and North Borneo who ruled from 1936 to 1950. Also gracing the ceremony were Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers and Muslim Concerns Secretary Abdullah Mamao and Bureau of Internal Revenue Commissioner Caesar Dulay, including other Datus, Sultans, and Bai-a-labis. As part of his proclamation as a datu, Dominguez was presented the scroll of conferment, signifying his status as a datu, a gold-plated Kandit, and a gold-plated Gonong which symbolizes his authority and duty. The proclamation ceremony was concluded by Rajah Muda Firdausi Ismail Abbas. Dominguez vowed to protect and embody the honor of the Maranaws and its Sultans. The secretary also assured that he will aid in helping the people of Marawi return to their homes and improve their livelihood.]]>

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