Duterte to speak at Valdai forum during 2nd state visit in Russia
Aileen Cerrudo • September 27, 2019 • 720
President Rodrigo Duterte will speak in Valdai business forum in Sochi, Russia as part of his second state visit in Russia from October 1 to 5.
This will be the first time a Philippine leader will speak in the said forum where other world leaders and top Russian officials are also invited. The theme of the business forum is about “The World Order Seen from the East.”
Chief Presidential Protocol and Presidential Assistant of Foreign Affairs Robert Borje said the President will talk about his perspective of the world order and its relation to Philippine foreign policy.
“He is expected to give his perspective or vision of the world order as it is emerging right now and how this relates to Philippine foreign policy. Of course, we can surmise that the President will include in his statement an explanation of his independent foreign policy,” he said.
President Duterte will visit Russia for the second time to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and discuss several bilateral agreements between the two countries.
According to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) European Affairs Asec. Maria Amelit Aquino the visit aims to bolster the 40-year tie between the Philippines and Russia.
“The relations are really being intensified and we have formal platforms, relations have really improved compared to the last 40 years,” she said.
The president will also speak at the Moscow Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), a leading institution for diplomats in Russia as well as meet the Filipino community in the country.
Around 7,000 Filipinos are currently working in Russia and most of them are in the household service and energy industry.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday (July 27) fulfilled one of his most important tasks as head of the country despite the risks of the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
He opted to deliver his SONA personally at the Batasang Pambansa despite heavy rain and several reports of COVID-19 positive test results among some of the event’s supposed attendees.
The ceremony was obviously a deviation from the Congress’ decade-long tradition: no prior meet-up with the Senate and House leaders, no fancy welcoming rites, no live performers and no handshakes.
The President went straight to the plenary upon his arrival and after the opening numbers, he went on to deliver his report to the nation.
His speech lasted for about an hour and 40 minutes.
During his SONA, President Duterte asked the Congress to pass significant legislation that he believes are necessary in helping his administration propel the country even amidst the ongoing challenges.
One of which is the revival of death penalty for drug-related crimes.
“I reiterate the swift passage of reviving the death penalty by lethal injection for crimes specified under the Comprehensive Dangerous Acts of 2002,” he said in his speech stressing the dangers illegal drugs cause to an individual and families.
Likewise, he asked Congress to immediately enact the Bayanihan Two so that assistance to sectors most affected by the pandemic will be delivered right away and funds will be made available for the procurement of additional medical equipment that will augment the country’s healthcare system.
“I hope that we can get some or the same treatment of clarity, purpose and the fastness to support the passage of the Bayanihan [to Recover as One Act], which will supplement funds for recovery and response against the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.
Aside from these two priority bills, the President enumerated several legislation which he wants Congress to deliberate and pass soon.
These include the passage of the:
Corporate Recovery And Tax Incentives For Enterprises (Create) Act
Financial Institutions Strategic Transfer Or Fist Act
Establishment of the Department Of Overseas Filipinos
National Land Use Act
Coconut Farmers and Industry Fund
Advanced Nursing Education Act
After his SONA, the President immediately left the Batasang Complex and went back to Malacañang. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has reiterated that mass gathering is still prohibited even during President Rodrigo Duterte’s 5th State of the Nation Address (SONA).
The reminder was issued following numerous requests made to the department from groups who want to conduct protest rallies during the President’s SONA on Monday (July 27).
In an advisory released by the DILG, the department reminded local government units (LGU) to prohibit mass gatherings, following the directive of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).
Meanwhile, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said they will strictly monitor and will apprehend anyone who will violate the IATF policies during SONA.
“Base sa instruction and guidelines na kapag may mag-rally doon na bawal at lalo na kapag walang permit at goes beyond the authorized number, aarestuhin talaga sila, (Based on the instruction and guidelines, if a group stages a rally without a permit and goes beyond the authorized number, they will be apprehended),” according to NCRPO Director PMGen. Debold Sinas. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
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