Philippine president declares martial law in Mindanao - spokesman

Philippines newly appointed Foreign Minister and outgoing senator Alan Peter Cayetano delivers a statement during a confirmation hearing of the Commission on Appointments at the Senate headquarters in Pasay city metro Manila Philippines

According to Philippine Assistant Secretary of Foreign Affairs Maria Kleofe Natividad said the Philippines and Russian Federation will enhance military coordination, firstly opening defence attaché offices in respective embassies in Moscow and Manila in order to increase partnerships in traditional and non-traditional issues such as fighting terrorism and drug smuggling. We need to be consistent with our foreign policy. "This, in particular, high-precision ground-based missiles".

According to Duterte, Russia has advanced high precision systems and is better in production of this type of military equipment compared to the United States.

"I have always believed that our fearless men and women in uniform should not be going into battle carrying arms attached to strings all the way to Washington", he added.

"The hearing should tackle not only this issue, but also the details of the $24-billion loans and investments recently sealed with China, as well as the Duterte administration's decision to reject aid from the EU", Pangilinan had said.

"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", the President said. "And the Russians are not only smarter than Americans, they are also more generous in the help".

He said Russian Federation is also ready to provide the Philippines all the defense equipment it needs. Besides, in the Philippine president's words, "what is very important in (fighting) an insurgency is helicopters or jets".

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I see here in Russian Federation because they trust (Russia president) Mr. (Vladimir) Putin.

The Philippine leader did not mention it.

"They don't want to make enemies for us or tell us who not to be friends with unlike other countries". In the USA, I was not. "I've never been to their country, and when they invited me to Trump's inauguration I declined, because I was planning to visit Russian Federation".

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It gave few details on the extent of any damage, however, and China's government has said little about the situation. Grafi said his firm has been contacted by companies that are scrambling to avoid potential pitfalls.

President Trump has invited Duterte to visit the U.S. in November.

According to the Philippine leader when he was nominated for the presidency, has staked his honor.

"Do you expect me to fight China in a war?"

Despite a huge number of Filipinos being active smokers, accounting for nearly a third of the adult population (17 million) according to Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance, the order has generally been received positively by the general population.

Jessen said ongoing projects initiated by the European Union, mostly in Mindanao, would not be affected. So I chose to keep my distance from them.

China claims most of the sea, a key waterway for global shipping, and has reclaimed disputed reefs and installed military facilities on them.

Mr Duterte campaigned for the presidency promising to be tough on criminals, the corrupt, and drug pushers and users. "Just as they don't like and hate it when other countries interfere in Russia's affairs", he added.

The bilateral meetings with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and President Putin will be held on the 24th and the 25th of May, the first and second day of the official visit.

Natividad said Duterte will speak about the government's independent foreign policy and his ideas on how to achieve peace and security. He will then interact with students and donate books to the school library.

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