Duterte meets ‘idol’ for the second time

President Rodrigo Duterte and President Vladimir Putin

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is set to meet his ‘idol’, President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, on Thursday, October 3, 2019.

President Duterte flies together with his defense, finance, and economic secretaries for the weeklong visit in Russia. Russian Officials, Andrey Igorevich, deputy director of the State Protocol Department, and Anatoly Borovik, deputy director of Third Asian Department welcomes Duterte as he arrived on Vnukovo Military Base Airport in Moscow on Wednesday, 8:25AM (Manila time).

The bilateral meeting between President Duterte and Russian President Putin is set to happen on Thursday at Sochi, Russia.

The two presidents are expected to see signing of several bilateral agreements in line with culture, health, and basic research.

Moreover, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenza is looking forward to acquire defense equipment, including assault and transport helicopters, warships, drones, and tanks.

As discussed in their previous meeting, Duterte and Putin, the two spoke of improving the military defense of the Philippines as the Russian president offers defense assets and agrees to open up port for military vessels.

Duterte’s first visit in Russia on May 2017 was cut short due to the Marawi Siege.