Philippine Embassy in Russia prepares for Pres. Duterte’s visit in May
admin • April 28, 2017 • 2928
RUSSIA – Russian businessmen in Moscow, Russia.
MANILA — Philippine Ambassador Carlos Sorreta said serious talks about the issue on strengthening the relations with Russia and agreements are expected to be signed in the meeting between President Rodrigo Duterte and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Ambassador Sorreta said a number of businessmen will come along with President Duterte upon his visit to Russia in May.
Filipinos and even some Russians are looking forward to President Duterte’s visit.
“I’m number one fan of President Rodrigo Duterte here in Russia. I’m so happy and excited, I want Tatay Digong is finally coming here in Moscow. Yehey,” Russian citizen Dmitry Doroshenko said.
Riza Pontimayor, an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Moscow said,”I’m very excited to see President Rodrigo “Tatay” Duterte because I am also from Davao.”
Meanwhile, about 778 Filipinos in Russia availed of the services of the embassy.
Filipinos in Russia were given the chance to register and update their documents without spending large amounts.
“I will renew my SSS and my husband’s SSS too. It’s a big thing for us that we don’t need to be upset with these kinds of documents,” said OFW Lolinda Mieza.
Sylvia Diamante, another Filipina migrant worker added, “At least I can avail the benefits and we can update our records now.”
The embassy also conducted overseas absentee voting registration.
The on-site visits also began last Friday and ended on Monday, April 25th, in Karmanitsky, Moscow.
The Philippine Embassy in Russia believes that through the on-site visits, many Filipinos will receive assistance especially in processing their pensions. Filipinos in Russia hope this program will continue. – Ronald de Guzman | UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte said there are groups urging his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, to run for president in 2022 but the Chief Executive expressed his opposition to the idea.
He stressed that the presidential seat is not for a woman to fill.
“My daughter inuudyok naman nila, sabi ko, ‘My daughter is not running,’” he said during the launch of the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 project in Quezon City on Thursday (January 14).
“I have told Inday not to run kasi naaawa ako sa dadaanan niya na dinaanan ko . Hindi ito pambabae. Alam mo, the emotional setup of a woman and a man is totally different. That is the sad story,” he said.
Rumors about the younger Duterte’s possible 2022 bid surfaced after a Pulse Asia survey conducted from November 23 to December 2, 2020 revealed that one in every four Filipinos expressed support for the presidential daughter’s bid for the presidency in the next election.
As for him, the Chief Executive said he will not accept any offer of term extension even if Congress moves to amend the Constitution for that matter.
On Wednesday (January 13) the House Committee on Constitutional Amendments began discussing the proposed change in the economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution.
Critics of the Duterte administration slammed such a move, claiming it is a front of Duterte allies to push for term extension and scrapping of term limits among politicians.
“Kaya nga hinihingi ko ang Congress, akala nila term extension ,” Duterte said.
“Maski ibigay mo sa akin on a silver platter, maski ibigay mo sa akin libre another 10 years, sabihin ko sa iyo, p***** i** mo, iyo na lang iyan. Tapos na ako,” the President said. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday (January 13) vouched for the efficacy of Sinovac, the COVID-19 vaccine developed in China.
He said the Chinese-made vaccine is “as good as any other” vaccines developed in the United States and Europe.
“Hindi nagkulang ang Chinese sa utak (The Chinese is not lacking in knowledge). They would not venture kung hindi sapat (if it’s not) safe, sure, and secure. Iyang tatlo. It must be safe, sure and secure. That is the guarantee,” the President said.
His remark comes after several local government units (LGUs) opted to choose and procure the brand of their choice other than the ones preferred by the national government.
“We are not forcing anybody to join the cause of the national government,” Duterte said.
“I am addressing this to the mayors. You can choose any vaccine you like to buy. Wala kaming pakialam kung ano ang pipiliin niyo (We don’t care which one you choose). Hindi kami makialam sa lahat ng bagay in the purchase (We won’t meddle in anything that has to do with the [vaccine] purchase),” he stressed.
But he reminded the local chief executives that it is still the national government that approves whatever medicine or drugs should be made available for public consumption.
The President maintained that he prefers whatever vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez will procure, for after all, he is his representative and that his decision will be the President’s responsibility.
“Ang responsibility niya ay responsibility ko rin. Kung may bulilyaso at the end of the day, akin talaga yang responsibility (His responsibility is my responsibility. If there are problems along the way, at the end of the day, it is my responsibility),” the President stressed.
During the meeting, Galvez confirmed that the national government is set to grant the Chinese drugmaker Sinovac its emergency use authorization (EUA) for its vaccine before February 20.
The official added that initial delivery will be 50,000 doses, followed by 950,000 doses in March then to one to three million in increasing volumes in the succeeding months.
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