Putin signs law allowing him to run for two more presidential terms

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 6, 2021   •   422

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law that would allow him to run for two more terms as president and would potentially keep him in office until 2036.

Under the new legislation, Putin will still be qualified to run for president twice, with six years per term. The 68-year-old Putin is now on his second consecutive term as president. His term is set to end in 2024.

The legislation was passed in the lower and upper houses of parliament last month. It was also backed in a public vote last summer.

Meanwhile, critics called the said reform as a “constitutional coup”.

Duterte to hold public address Thursday night – Palace

Robie de Guzman   •   April 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte will deliver another public address Thursday evening (April 15), Malacañang said.

In a press briefing Thursday, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte will share details about his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during his “Talk to the People” later.

“Mamaya po magkakaroon ng ‘Talk to the People’ ang Pangulo. Siya na po ang magkukuwento kung ano ang nangyari sa kanilang usapan ni President Putin,” he said.

Duterte and Putin held a 30-minute telesummit on Tuesday.

Malacañang earlier said that the two leaders talked about ways to combat coronavirus pandemic and reaffirmed their shared commitment to further enhance cooperation between the Philippines and Russia.

Duterte also thanked Putin for Russia’s commitment to bolster cooperation in various areas, including fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

The two chief executives also stressed the importance of ramping up global production and supplies of COVID-19 vaccines.

Aside from the COVID-19 response, Duterte and Putin also discussed the “steady progress” in defense and security cooperation between the two countries, fostered by regular exchanges between defense, intelligence, and military agencies.

The Palace also said that Putin highlighted the positive trajectory of Philippine-Russia relations and emphasized the many opportunities for greater cooperation in the fields of trade and investments, agriculture, and energy development even as both countries work on further enhancing political-security cooperation.

During the telesummit, Duterte also reiterated his invitation for Putin to visit the Philippines as soon as circumstances allow, which the Russian president welcomed.

Duterte, Putin vow to further enhance PH-Russia cooperation vs COVID-19

Robie de Guzman   •   April 14, 2021

 

File Photo: (L-R) Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Russian President Vladimir Putin

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte met with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin in a telesummit on Tuesday  to reaffirm bilateral ties of the two nations and discuss ways to combat the coronavirus pandemic, Malacañang said.

In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte had an “open and productive” telesummit with Putin that lasted for 30 minutes.

“President Duterte and President Putin reaffirmed their shared commitment to further enhance cooperation as the Philippines and Russia commemorate the 45th anniversary of the diplomatic relations this year and vowed to cooperate in the fight against COVID-19,” Roque said.

Duterte also thanked Putin for Russia’s commitment to bolster cooperation in various areas, including fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, he added.

The Palace said both leaders discussed the global and regional vaccine landscapes, noting that vaccines such as Russian-made Sputnik V “must be mobilized to as many countries as possible.”

Vaccine czar and National Task Force against COVID-19 chief implementer Carlito Galvez Jr. earlier said the country is expecting the arrival of Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine doses this month. The Philippine government ordered a total 20 million Sputnik V doses.

Roque said the two chief executives stressed the importance of ramping global production and supplies of COVID-19 vaccines.

Both leaders also noted the steady progress in defense and security cooperation between the two countries, fostered by regular exchanges between defense, intelligence and military agencies.

Roque said both leaders vowed to sustain the momentum gained between the Philippines and Russia over the past five years.

“President Putin highlighted the positive trajectory of Russia-Philippines relations and emphasized the many opportunities for greater cooperation in the fields of trade and investments, agriculture and energy development even as both countries work on further enhancing political-security cooperation,” he said.

Roque said that during the telesummit, Duterte also reiterated his invitation for Putin to visit the Philippines as soon as circumstances allow, which the Russian president welcomed.

Duterte set to have phone conversation with Russia’s Putin – Palace

Robie de Guzman   •   April 13, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is set to talk via phone call with his Russian counterpart, President Vladimir Putin, Malacañang said Tuesday.

“I can confirm na may usapan po sa telepono ang ating presidente at ang presidente ng Russia. Yun lang po ang aking masasabi,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said during a Palace press briefing.

Roque, however, cannot say when the phone conversation will take place, saying that Duterte’s schedule is “classified secret.”

He also did not provide details on the possible issues the two leaders will talk about.

The Philippine government is eyeing to get 20 million doses of the Russian-made COVID-19 vaccine.  Around 500,000 doses of Russia’s Gamaleya Institute-made Sputnik V are expected to be delivered to the country in the coming weeks.

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