President to sign defense deals with Russia in Moscow visit

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THE Philippines and Russia are set to clinch agreements on defense and security cooperation when President Rodrigo Duterte visits Moscow in May, the Chief Executive’s top security adviser said on Friday.

NEW ALLIES President Rodrigo Duterte welcomes Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev at the Presidential Guest House in Panacan, Davao City on Thursday. MALACAÑANG PHOTO

The announcement came after Duterte and his top security officials met with Russian officials led by Moscow’s Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev in Davao City on Thursday.

In a statement, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. said Duterte and Patrushev discussed “future government-to-government cooperation” in the fields of security and intelligence, defense and military, law enforcement, the fight against drugs, transnational crime and terrorism.

“[Memoranda] of Understanding on these fields are being finalized by concerned agencies and are expected to be signed during the planned President’s visit to Moscow,” he said.

Esperon said the Russian delegation was in Davao for three days and had meetings with him, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno and Armed Forces chief General Eduardo Año.
Also present were National Intelligence Coordinating Agency Director General Alex Monteagudo, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Director General Isidro Lapeña and Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, he said.

Aside from Patrushev, other Russian security officials in Davao were Russia’s army commander Oleg Salyukov and Alexey Volskiy, head of the Russian Coast Guard Department Frontier Service.

Russian Ambassador Igor Khovaev was also present, along with First Deputy Minister of Justice Sergey Gerasimov and Deputy Minister of Interior Igor Zubov.

Terror database

Lorenzana said on Friday it would be helpful if the Philippines would be given access to the Russian anti-terrorism database.

The Defense chief earlier disclosed that security officials were wrapping up discussions on a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that did not progress during the previous Aquino administration.

“The draft is almost finished and it will be one of the documents that will be signed if we can finish the nitty-gritty during the visit of President Duterte in Russia sometime in April or May,” he said.

The MOU involves the exchange of military personnel visits, and participation and observation in Russian exercises, Lorenzana said.

Russia wants to have joint exercises with Filipino troops but the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) needs to sign off on such an arrangement, he said.

“It (DFA) will examine if the MOU is according to some diplomatic language. But I’m sure it will be signed sometime in April or May then after that we can have exchanges of personnel. They can send students to our schools. We can send personnel to their school. But first and foremost, we will first observe their exercises. If we need their expertise then we will join the exercises,” he explained.

‘Friendship based on equality’

Esperon said Duterte hosted a farewell dinner for the Russian delegation at the Marco Polo Hotel on Thursday night.

At dinner, the President “emphasized that the Philippines can only offer its sincerest friendship that is based on equality,” Esperon said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin personally invited Duterte to visit Moscow when they met for the first time at the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Peru in November.

Duterte has repeatedly expressed interest in establishing an alliance with Russia as part of a foreign policy pivot away from the United States, which has criticized his war on drugs.

Last month, Duterte paid a visit to the anti-submarine warship Admiral Tributs, one of two Russian vessels that docked in Manila for a goodwill visit.

FERNAN MARASIGAN

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  1. The Philipine people can speak good English but they need to learn to pseak modern English.For years , America, Europe and Vietnam , we know Russia desperate want to come back as superpower . They try very hard offer us everything including building 8 nuclear power station, modernised the military weapon and offer cheap loan to buy submarine. In return Vietnam kick China out and allow the Russian navy return to Cam Ranh bay ” a jewel in the crown”. As you all can see , we offer friendship but nothing else , Russian is no longer a communist country and you don’t trust a girl that walk out on you for American Big Mac (money). After 10 years , she realise that she just a prostitute for Uncle Sam , that when she want to come back to her husband. What choice Russia have in the 21 century in Asia ?Miss Philipine . President Duterte need to play Vietnam game ” play hard to get” . you cant take you cloth off straight away after the first date, what do you expect a man think of you Miss President? Philipine demand modern submarine,new fighter jet, tank, foreign aid ,export market and Russian tourist before the president going out with a dog . Otherwise Mr Putin just use Duterte for sex the same way American did to the Philipine in the last half a century. The choice is clear between china and Russia. China a new superpower, Russia a falling star.

  2. This is what i waiting for the philippines nd russia friendship… whoa…. im.excited on this…i salute you mr pres. Duterte.. i am from davao but recently working here in kuwait wth in safe hands…thanks..proud to be pinoy…