DAVAO CITY, May 23 ─ President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Monday, May 22 left for Russia, saying that his landmark visit will emphasize the Philippines’ independent foreign policy.
In his departure statement, the Chief Executive said the most anticipated visit highlights the independence of the Philippines’ foreign policy and the firm resolve to broaden the horizons of friendship and cooperation with other nations.
He further noted that Russia is a country that the Philippines must work with and that there are opportunities for cooperation that cannot be ignored.
“With its geographic footprint in the Asia-Pacific region and its strategic interests in the region, a positive engagement is required to find areas of synergies in interests,” Duterte said in a statement at the Davao International Airport prior to his departure.
The President also hopes that the official visit will lay the firm foundation for a “robust, comprehensive, and mutually-beneficial Philippines–Russia partnership.”
During the four-day official visit, the President will be accompanied by heads of the Philippine legislature and key Cabinet officials. He said the high-level delegation is