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Duterte’s landmark visit to Russia 'fruitful,' says Go

October 06, 2019 - Sunday 6:10 PM by MDM

Article Banner Image President Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Christopher Lawrence Go are given a tour inside the Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Russian Federation on October 4, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

President Rodrigo Duterte's official visit to Russia has been fruitful so far, with the government's campaign against terrorism earning praises from his Russian counterparts, Senator Christopher Lawrence Go said is an interview.

"Naging maayos naman ang pagbisita ng Pangulo. First day sa pagbisita sa Russia, nagpasalamat ang ating gobyerno. Nais din ng Pangulo na paigtingin pa ang ating relasyon sa bansang Russia, lalo na po (ang) laban sa terorismo. Alam niyo naman tuluy tuloy ang terorismo sa ating bansa. Very much willing na tumulong ang Russia," Go said.

He added that Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated President Duterte in his fight against terrorism.

"Nag-congratulate naman si President Putin kay Pangulong Duterte sa laban natin kontra terorismo sa Pilipinas to lower level of terrorist threat. 'Yun po ang unang unang nabanggit ni Presidente. Full support ang Russia sa ating bansa," he said.

With the security relations between the Philippines and Russia strengthened, Go said he hopes this spills over to the economic sector through  groundbreaking business deals signed between Filipino and Russian companies which can generate economic opportunities for Filipinos.

"Umaasa po kami na maraming business opportunities ang maiuwi ng Pangulo para sa mas maraming trabaho para sa mga Pilipino sa bansa," he said.

Filipino business executives and their Russian counterparts signed several business agreements worth US$12.6 million. The scope of these deals range from business cooperation, agricultural exports, electric power and importation.

These include five memorandums of understanding that would enforce cooperation on information exchange and collaboration on business development to promote trade and investment between the two countries, and supply local tuna to four companies to serve the Russian market. 

Also included in the deals are two memorandums of intent that would explore the possibilities of cooperation in building nuclear power plants in the Philippines.

On Russia’s part of the deal, both countries signed a distributorship agreement for two Russian companies to sell watches and vehicles in the Philippines. A memorandum of agreement was also signed to promote, distribute and sell Russian technology in the Philippines.

The signing, which was done during the Philippines-Russia business forum in Moscow, was described as the beginning of stronger business ties between Russia and the Philippines.